UK jobs market data - HRs and recruiters react

ended 14. February 2022

At 07:00 on Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics is publishing the latest snapshot of the UK jobs market. So a handful of Qs for you:

  • Are companies actively hiring right now - or sitting tight?
  • Who's calling the shots right now - employers or (prospective) employees?
  • In your experience, are average wages going up?
  • Do you expect the jobs market to improve or deteriorate in 2022?
  • What are the main challenges for the jobs market right now, and in 2022 as a whole?
  • Which sectors are steaming ahead, and which are suffering?

Any other observations, send them across. 


5 responses from the Newspage community

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"t's a bittersweet time for recruiters. We are rejoicing at the number of job opportunities while wailing at our desks over the lack of candidates and the sheer competition there is for job offers. Employers are competing like crazy for candidates, driving salaries into the stratosphere. With many businesses entering a period of post-pandemic recovery, this sort of situation is completely unsustainable."
"The UK jobs market is currently walking a tightrope. Speak to most recruiters and they are loving how busy it is with the number of available jobs at a record high. However, employees are being counter-offered on a daily basis, which is pushing salaries in some sectors up to absurd levels. The result is a situation that is simply unsustainable. The hope is that common sense will start to prevail and that people will realise that compromises need to be made, not demands. The market is too vulnerable to continue on its current trajectory."
"Candidates are definitely calling the shots at the moment. The combination of inflation driving more firms to pledge pay rises for their staff, coupled with increasing numbers of job vacancies, means potential job seekers have very high earnings expectations. It's incredibly competitive, and small firms in particular are finding it almost impossible to entice the best talent to join them. However, people want to work with businesses whose ethics and values they agree with, so these firms need to be creative in how they value, support and nurture their staff."
"Demand among employers for staff is is obscenely high while supply is exceptionally low, due to low unemployment, record low redundancies and simply less people in the labour market due to early exit retirements and Brexit. This means that, for employers, retention is critical. And they are achieving this by raising wages, providing one-off rewards and offering existing staff increased job flexibility and additional training. More enlightened employers are shifting their focus to employee wellbeing, even conducting ‘stay interviews’, the antithesis of exit interviews. For many employers however, retention could be a pyrrhic victory, leading to spiralling inflation, with the Bank of England estimating 7.25% by April 2022. My advice for employers is access untapped areas of the labour market. For example, the over fifties are finding it especially hard to gain employment, and put flexibility front and centre of the advert, as employees now demand and expect it."
"Companies are behaving like there's not enough talent available, which is absolute nonsense. The talent is there, it's that their job adverts are boring, they take too long to make decisions or their corporate culture just isn't appealing enough."