24 Jun, 2013

Job vacancies remain high

The number of job vacancies in the UK held steady at 460,493 in May but only because employers are keeping a lid on wages and hiring at low salary levels, according to the latest UK Employment Market Report from Adzuna.

  • UK job vacancies in May stabilise at 460,493, down 0.1{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} from April, up 1.4{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} on May 2012. Job numbers have increased in every previous month this year
  • But average salary falls to £33,617 p.a., down 0.2{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} from April, down 1.7{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} on May 2012. Lower wages are propping up employment levels and sustaining hiring
  • Wages down £1,504 p.a. in real terms since May 2012
  • Unemployment falls 2.8{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} to 1.5 million between April and May, 6{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} lower than May last year
  • 3.2 jobseekers for every vacancy, down from 3.5 in April, meaning competition for vacancies is easing
  • Huge regional variations, ranging from 0.37 jobseekers per vacancy in Aberdeen to 57 in The Wirral
  • IT jobs show biggest growth. 500,000 advertised jobs in last 6 months with IT salaries increasing by 5{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}

The average advertised salary in May was 1.7{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} lower than twelve months ago, a drop of £571 over the course of year and fell 0.2{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} month-on-month, currently standing at £33,617 p.a. Taking inflation into account, the real terms drop in salaries is even more pronounced. With CPI inflation running at 2.7{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} in May, the average advertised salary has fallen by 4.4{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} (£1,504) in real terms since May last year.

The only regions where average salaries have increased in the past six months are London (+3{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}) and the South East (+1{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}). Wales and Eastern England have seen the steepest drop, with average salaries falling by 4{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} in each region since last November.
Credit: onrec.com

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