Monthly vacancy analysis: Vacancy trends to week-ending 13 September 2020

Papoutsaki D, Wilson T |   | Institute for Employment Studies  | Sep 2020

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This monthly briefing describes changes in online vacancies over the month to 13 September.  This is the latest in a series of briefings since the Covid-19 crisis began, which are available here. The work is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and uses vacancy data collected by Adzuna (, one of the largest online job search engines in the UK. The briefing sets out analysis of new vacancies, overall vacancy levels, and vacancies by region and devolved nation, job type and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

This month’s data shows that the vacancy market was pretty subdued in August, likely reflecting seasonal patterns, with vacancies ticking up again in early September.  Postings are still considerably lower than before the crisis and at the same point last year.

The further social distancing measures announced this week are likely to translate into increased employer uncertainty, which may feed through into weaker growth in new vacancies over the next few weeks. We will be exploring this in our next and final monthly briefing, next month.