1. Employment is improving month on month
Needless to say, when COVID-19 hit, unemployment followed shortly afterwards. While many people were put on the furlough scheme, hundreds of thousands lost their jobs completely in the wake of the pandemic. However, now that the high street has reopened and life is returning to normal, employment is also up. According to the Office of National Statistics data, the number of pay rolled employees increased month on month in the six months leading up to June 2021. In simple terms, that means that more people are in full or part-time positions than at the start of the year. While there's still a long way to go, it's a positive trend.
2. Job vacancies are also increasing
Looking for something new? Between March and May 2021, there were more than 700,000 job vacancies in the United Kingdom. To put that into perspective, the number was only 27,000 below the pre-COVID-19 rate. All signs point to the UK job market returning to normal as we move into the autumn and winter seasons. Of course, only time will tell whether these numbers will stay up. However, with more industries returning to their full capacity and Christmas just around the corner, chances are there will be more jobs available in the months to come. Watch this space!
If you're in the market for your next role, this is great news. Should this trend continue, it could mean that there are more opportunities available for those looking for new jobs. That means that now is a smart time to start applying for new jobs. Taking the time to get your CV in shape and line up your references is the first step. When you've done that, take a broad approach to your job search. You can look on some of the leading job sites or even check out LinkedIn and any personal connections you already have.