The overall recruitment picture for 2016 did not witness a significant change when compared to 2015. By this, we mean that the difference in the number of vacancies advertised stood at just 0.92%. During the first six months of the year, there were 4.9% more vacancies available than in 2015. However, there was a decrease of 9.7% for the second half of the calendar year. This is quite a substantial drop, and it will be interesting to see whether the 2017 trends follow the same path.

Which sectors saw the most growth?

Some sectors produced better statistics than others, as can be seen here:

  • Retail (22% increase in vacancies)
  • Consumer Goods (14.4% increase)
  • Technology (4.75% increase)
  • Financial Services (19.1% decrease)
  • Professional Services (9.2% decrease)

Therefore, it is clear that there was great variation in how different sectors performed. Furthermore, they highlight which sectors are currently experiencing the most growth in the UK.

Different parts of the country compared.

Differences in trends were also found when parts of the country were analysed against each other.

  • Greater London (2.5% decrease in vacancies)
  • Central London (3.5% decrease)
  • North West England (7.5% decrease)
  • Uxbridge (42% increase)
  • East of England (12.8% increase)
  • West Midlands (15.2% increase)

Despite some impressive growth being shown in some areas, it was South East England which performed best. There were 1,209 more vacancies advertised in 2016 compared to the previous year.

As a result, it is clear which parts of the country are currently most prosperous in relation to job opportunities. Adversely, other areas of the UK have some clear improvements to make in 2017.

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