UK jobs market November 2021

ended 15. November 2021

Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning @ 07:00, the Office for National Statistics is publishing the latest jobs data, which will give an insight into how the economy is holding up. We want your views, e.g.

  • How is employer sentiment right now — confident or nervous?
  • Are employees confident about moving company in the current climate?
  • Are companies actively recruiting on the whole or playing it safe?
  • What do you expect to happen to the jobs market in 2022?
  • Are there any noteworthy trends you're seeing right now within the employment market?

As ever, please keep your responses short and sweet. A couple of paragraphs max will do. Premium user responses will be edited by a journalist and appear at the top of the NewsAlert.

3 responses from the Newspage community

Star Quote
"Flexible working has become a battleground for many employers and employees. Employees’ want to retain the extreme flexibility they experienced during the pandemic and many employers increasingly want a return to the the pre-pandemic status quo." "Overall, the jobs market continues to boom with ‘good’ employers looking to maximise on the frailties of ‘poor’ employers who have failed to adjust to the new normal and the Great Resignation. "Candidate activity still remain high, especially among older workers aged 45+. Employers trying to order staff back into the office is having an adverse affect on staff retention, especially in senior posts. These people are experienced enough to say no."
"The balance of power is firmly in workers’ hands currently, and unusually this now also includes temporary workers as well as permanent staff. This trend looks to continue as we head into 2022 with employers needing to think creatively about how to attract and retain the staff they need. Here's a clue: it’s not just about the money any more. All workers are being increasingly selective about who to work for, and businesses wanting the best talent will need to up their game. The pandemic has created a desire for work/life balance that many businesses are struggling to accept and adopt."
"A war for graduate talent is currently raging among UK businesses. This is not just confined to a few sectors or regions but across the whole UK, with competition particularly intense in the tech, finance and FMCG sectors, where employers are desperate for graduates through direct entry and graduate schemes. It was reported last week by the Institute of Student Employers that competition has forced the average salary for graduates to £30,500, with a projected 19% increase in vacancies offered by student employers in 2022. For now, for graduates at least, the jobs market is looking pretty robust, and certainly far more robust than many thought it would be a year or so ago."