17 July 2017

UK manufacturing sector witnesses high year-on-year jump in job vacancies

UK manufacturing companies remained confident in Q2 2017, despite growing uncertainty in the run up to the General Election, data from CV-Library has suggested.

The Q2 job market report from the independent job board compared data from April, May and June 2017 with the same period last year. It found there were 24% more jobs being advertised in the manufacturing sector in Q2 2017, which was also the highest of any sector (see below).

The data also revealed that salaries grew at a steady rate year-on-year (0.6%). However, applications for manufacturing jobs fell by 2.1% compared to Q2 2016.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s clear that organisations within the manufacturing sector are feeling confident and it’s great to see such a high year-on-year jump in job vacancies. This is particularly positive in the manufacturing industry, as it was predicted to be one of the sectors most affected post-Brexit.

Biggins continued: “The nation as a whole is currently in a state of limbo; there has been little clarification on the implications of Brexit and the results of the General Election did nothing to pacify this. It’s not surprising that industries like manufacturing have seen a drop in applications, especially given that it relies more heavily on migrant labour. As the dust settles on the recent election, we hope to see candidate appetite pick back up – especially given that there are some great opportunities out there in the industry right now.”

Industries that saw the biggest hikes in job vacancies year-on-year:
1. Manufacturing – 24%
2. Charity – 21%
3. Automotive – 20.4%
4. Social Care – 18.2%
5. Property Services – 16.3%
6. Recruitment – 14.8%
7. Engineering – 11.2%
8. Design – 10.4%
9. Agriculture – 9.9%
10. Construction – 7.2%

Adam Offord

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