The number of open jobs advertised is steadily rising again with August recording a total of 169 open roles. This is an additional 28 jobs than in July and up 41 jobs from June. To put that in context that’s up 19% and 32% respectively. It goes without saying that’s a world away from the 760 roles JobFix was advertising this time last year.
There are also two broad sectors that are not seeing any let up in open roles. Firstly, and notably construction and transportation have remained in demand sectors for staff. Within the sector, construction roles only dropped 6 roles year to year and transport only 16 roles. The sector has also had the largest percentage of roles available, a far cry from 2019 when both F&B-Hotel and the Retail-Tourism area far exceeded construction and transport in the roles available.
The Food and Beverage-Hotel sector is coming back quickly with a 30% increase in available roles since July and a doubling sine June.
With Summer holiday roles growth soon to appear and the likelihood that business will staff up to take advantage of an expected bumper season we may very quickly see real problems again in actually FINDING staff.