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Job Opportunities falling at end of year

05 Jan 2011, by in Labour market

The Reed Job Index figures released yesterday showed that the number of “job opportunities” fell in December, though there was still a 4 per cent increase on December 2009. The public sector did much worse than the average, with fewer than half as many vacancies as there had been twelve months previously.

The Reed Job Index, published by the employment agency, compares the number of new jobs they have on offer with a December 2009 baseline. This comparatively new indicator showed an increase at the start of 2010, little change for 9 months and increases in October and November, when it reached 111, before falling to 104 in December.

One thing I like about this Index is that it can give a breakdown of different sectors, and it is this that shows how the number of vacancies in the public sector has shrunk:

Reed Job Index by sector, December 2010 figures

  • National 104
  • Public sector 42
  • Social care 67
  • Training 67
  • Security & safety 68
  • Energy 71
  • Construction & property 81
  • Health & medicine 82
  • Motoring & automotive 87
  • Recruitment consultancy 92
  • Hospitality & catering 94
  • Estate agency 95
  • Charity & voluntary 96
  • Purchasing 98
  • Sales 104
  • Manufacturing 105
  • Engineering 106
  • Financial services 107
  • Education 108
  • Leisure & tourism 108
  • Scientific 108
  • Admin, Secretarial & PA 110
  • Banking 110
  • Human resources 110
  • Accountancy 111
  • Legal 111
  • Retail 111
  • Accountancy (qualified) 112
  • General Insurance 116
  • Customer service 118
  • IT & telecoms 123
  • Media, digital & creative 123
  • Marketing & PR 126
  • Strategy & consultancy 134
  • Transport & logistics 143

Of course, the results are biased towards those occupations where employers are likely to continue spending significant sums on recruitment suring harsher times, but its still a worthwhile exercise.

The Index also provides a regional breakdown:

Reed Job Index by region, December 2010 figures

  • National 104
  • NW England 93
  • Wales 95
  • NE England 96
  • N Ireland 101
  • SW England 104
  • London 105
  • E Midlands 107
  • SE England (excl London) 107
  • Scotland 111
  • E Anglia 112
  • Yorks & Humber 112
  • W Midlands113

The outlook does not look very good for anyone looking for a public sector job in Wales or the NE or NW of England.

5 Responses to Job Opportunities falling at end of year

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  2. Tokyo Gaijin
    Jan 5th 2011, 11:50 pm

    “The public sector did much worse than the average” great !!!!! hopefully it will keep going down as we correct the absurd growth in public sector employment of the last 13 years.
    And look at the some of sectors that are >100. Manufacturing, engineering, education, scientific…many well paid jobs in the private sector – the only source of wealth generation.
    The problems Wales, NE and NW England have is that thanks to Labour party policies a far too large percentage of jobs in those regions are already in the public sector.

  3. Angry socialist
    Jan 6th 2011, 2:42 pm

    @Tokyo Gaijin

    I suppose you believe that the banks generate wealth too, don’t you? May I suggest taking a look at the false economy website which debunks some of the myths surrounding the current economic crisis?

    Perhaps you should also ponder the question of how public sector redundancies impact the private sector. (Hint: the private sector may well end up making more redundancies because of the public sector cuts. Yes, really. ) And with that in mind, perhaps a little compassion towards your fellow citizens might not go amiss. Things don’t look so great when it’s YOUR job at risk, do they?

  4. Tokyo Gaijin
    Jan 7th 2011, 9:37 am

    @ Angry socialist
    As credit is the lifeblood of trade, be it local or global, banks are a key part in every developed economy. Without banks we’d all still be in the dark ages. So yes banks, and the capitalist system in general, generate wealth.
    I agree there will be some private sector job losses – for a time there might be net private sector job losses – as a result of the slower growth in government spending (NB these “cuts” are nothing of the sort), but the alternative of continuing to borrow and spend will have far worse consequences for far more people for far longer.
    The way to create more jobs is to make it easier and cheaper for private companies to hire people by getting rid of needless regulations, targets, quotas etc and the minimum wage. At the same time people have to benefit from going to work, that’s going to be difficult when an unemployed 25 year old in my area of Hampshire can get almost as much (unemployment benefit, housing benefit, council tax benefit) from not working as they can from taking a minimum wage job. It’s also worth noting that there are >2m foreign born workers in the UK and that the majority of newley created jobs are taken by them. NB this is NOT an argument for any form of immigration cap, it is to point out that jobs are available for those willing to take them. Maybe not the jobs people want, but jobs.
    The policies of past Labour governments have trapped millions of the poor in welfare dependency and saddled future generations with a huge debt burden that will weigh heavily on their prospects for enjoying a better standard of living than the current generation.

  5. engineering recruitment agency
    Jan 20th 2011, 2:10 pm

    These do seem to reflect today’s official unemployment and job figures. Worrying considering many councils are only now starting to make public sector redundancies.