Job listings rise to the highest level in a year, Indeed says

Looking for a new role? Job listings rise to highest level in a year with people looking for work in pubs, shops and restaurants as lockdown is lifted

  • Job listings have reached the highest level since April last year, Indeed UK says
  • Jobseekers commonly on the lookout for e-commerce, retail and bar work 

Job listings in Britain have reached the highest level for a year as the nation looks ahead to the easing of more lockdown restrictions, Indeed UK has revealed.

While still shy of levels since before the pandemic, the number of jobs available on Indeed has swelled to the highest since April 2020.

Government schemes like furlough have helped protect many people’s jobs and income-streams over the past year, but the number of people out of work is expected to rise once this support drops off.

In the part-time or temporary sphere of work, job-hunter searches for bar, restaurant and pub jobs has surged in recent weeks, as have searches for e-commerce roles like warehouse pickers and delivery drivers, Indeed Flex said. 

Fresh hope: Job listings in Britain have reached the highest level for a year, fresh findings from Indeed claim

Fresh hope: Job listings in Britain have reached the highest level for a year, fresh findings from Indeed claim

With the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants outdoors on the horizon, job hunter interest in bar and waitressing jobs has grown by 98 per cent and 60 per cent respectively in the last few weeks, according to the data.

Searches by jobseekers for warehouse ‘picker’ jobs more than doubled over the period, while searches for ‘warehouse associate’ jobs rose over 80 per cent. 

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While the bricks-and-mortar based retail sector has been hammered by the pandemic, job searches in this area have enjoyed a ‘significant’ upturn in recent weeks, Indeed Flex said.  

Top 10 most-searched for terms on Indeed UK

These were the fastest rising jobseeker search terms on Indeed UK from 26 February to 12 March. Percentage growth on previous period also shown:

1. Bar staff, 98%

2. Next, 76%

3. Waitress, 60%

4. Primark, 53%

5. Beauty therapist, 52%

6. Waiter, 52%

7. Costa, 43%

8. Cafe assistant, 42%

9. Front of house, 40%

10. Gym, 38%

Source: Indeed UK 

Specifically, job hunters have made Next and Primark the second and fourth most searched for terms on Indeed Flex’s site respectively in the last few weeks, with both set to be bustling with shoppers later this month.

That said, a string of well-known retail brands, including Oasis, Warehouse, Topshop and Debenhams have all disappeared from high streets over the past year, as the online shopping sector grows.  

Jack Beaman, CEO and co-founder at Indeed Flex, said: ‘Covid-19 slammed the brakes on the UK jobs market and left many people wondering where to turn to next but as the vaccination programme continues apace and the economy slowly reopens, there is light at the end of the tunnel and thousands of new roles are becoming available every week.

‘We know people were increasingly seeking flexible working options before the pandemic and our research shows there has been a rise in searches for part-time work since the first lockdown.’

Since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 693,000 with the biggest falls seen at the start of the pandemic, figures published by the Office for National Statistics last month showed.

An analysis by age band showed that under 25s contributed over 60 per cent of the fall seen since February 2020. 

In its latest data, the ONS said: ‘The number of job vacancies in December 2020 to February 2021 was 26.8% lower than a year ago. 

‘This is an improvement on the position in summer 2020 when vacancies were down by nearly 60% year on year, but the rate of improvement has slowed in the past few months.’ 

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced plans to open 18 new pubs and create 2,000 new jobs in a £145million upgrade, but only if there are no more Covid restrictions.

The group said it would also ‘significantly extend’  57 existing pubs as part of the project.

It ‘will provide work for architects, contractors and builders as well as result in 2,000 new jobs for staff in our pubs’, boss Tim Martin said. 

On the up: There has been a surge in online shopping during the pandemic

On the up: There has been a surge in online shopping during the pandemic 

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