New research from Textkernel has found that Healthcare is now the largest profession group by number of vacancies in Q1 2018, overtaking Sales and Trading to account for 11 per cent of more than 2.4 million unique vacancies. The company recently released their State of the UK Labour Market for Q1 2018, based on data from the Jobfeed Big Data analytics and lead-generation tool. The report further highlighted the high demand for Healthcare professionals, with Nurses now the second largest professional group by online vacancies.
Textkernel’s report analysed vacancies for temporary, permanent and temporary-to-permanent contracts. This meant that franchise jobs, side jobs, internships, volunteer work, freelance positions and apprenticeships weren’t accounted for.
Sales and Trading vacancies drop
Sales and Trading slid from the largest professional group in Q1 2017 to fourth place in Q1 2018. Down by 1.5 per cent, this group now accounts for 8.6 per cent of the unique online vacancies posted. It’s not all doom and gloom for those with the gift of the gab however; Sales Managers were still the third largest jobs category listed, showing strong demand despite the downturn.
Other category changes included Administration and Customer Service growing to the second largest professional group, spurred by strong demand for Customer Service Agents (the largest professional group by online vacancies). Other notable sectors were Education and Training, up 0.8 per cent year on year, and Information, Communication and Technology, up 0.7 per cent.
England top for number of jobs available
The report also highlighted labour market landscape across the various countries within the United Kingdom. England once again accounts for the vast majority of online jobs posted in the UK with 91.5 per cent market share, a marginal increase over the previous year. Northern Ireland (1.6 per cent) also saw a marginal increase in job market share, while Scotland (4.4 per cent) lost 0.5 per cent market share compared to the same quarter in 2017. Wales remained stable with a 2.5 per cent share of vacancies posted online.
The top five cities by online vacancies were, as expected, all in England. London had a significant lead over Manchester and Birmingham, with Bristol and Leeds rounding out the list.
Interesting to note is the strong demand for full-time positions which accounted for 91.6 per cent of all vacancies posted. This was two per cent lower than the year before indicating a small shift towards increase part-time work availability.
Beyond the drop Sales and Trading vacancies, there were few major changes to the UK’s online vacancy landscape between Q1 2017 and Q1 2018. Brexit is often listed as a significant concern for the UK job market, yet there don’t seem to be major shifts in the first three months of 2018 as a result of this just yet. That may change as the March 2019 deadline looms closer; the true impact of Brexit on the UK job market should become clearer as the rest of the year progresses.
The full State of the UK Labour Market for Q1 2018 report is available for free download on Textkernel’s website.