Full-time job postings online on the rise as UK economy attempts to recover

The number of full-time jobs posted online is on the rise as the UK economy attempts to gain traction in the midst of the pandemic, a new report suggests.

The new data shows that in December full-time online job postings rose by 2.5 per cent, following a 1.5 per cent rise in and a 0.3 per cent increase in October.
The new data shows that in December full-time online job postings rose by 2.5 per cent, following a 1.5 per cent rise in and a 0.3 per cent increase in October.

However, the latest jobs indicator released by Internet Association also highlights the impact of the lockdown on part-time work.

The new data shows that in December full-time online job postings rose by 2.5 per cent, following a 1.5 per cent rise in and a 0.3 per cent increase in October - pointing to “cautious” growth in the full-time jobs market.

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But the impact of the lockdown introduced late last year on part-time work is also highlighted in the snapshot.

November 2020 saw a 23 per cent decrease in part-time online job postings, following a modest increase of 2 per cent in October. With the closure of non-essential retail, hospitality and other sectors reliant on part-time work, this decrease highlights the impact on those sectors and their workers, the Internet Association said.

The new data, part of the association’s “3i Report” series, presents monthly insights on the UK job market using data from national and internet-based resources.

It tracks month-to-month trends in the online job market and presents information on hiring, openings and an online income tracker that identifies the amount of additional income being made by people online through, for example, selling products on platforms such as Etsy or Ebay.

The tracker shows that more than a fifth of UK adults are using the internet to earn money online, with 11 per cent of those earning more than £250 a month online.

Key findings reveal that over the course of 12 months, full-time online job postings have dropped by almost 10 per cent – in line with the redundancies and job losses seen as a result of the pandemic.

After a slump during the height of the initial lockdown, online full-time job postings continue to steadily increase despite the UK unemployment rate rising.

The top postings for full-time positions in December were customer assistant and administrative assistant. The top postings for part-time positions were sales assistant, retail sales associate, interviewer and freelance writer.

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