In a yearly round-up, job meta-search engine Joblift has analysed the 9,410,153 job advertisements that have been published from 1st January 2017 to the present day in the United Kingdom.
Key findings from the analysis show that vacancy growth has been slow as a whole and London has seen a decline in job offers this year.
Healthcare has been the most significant sector in terms of both the number of vacancies and the average monthly growth in the UK’s job market.
The research also found the UK job market has seen an average monthly increase of just 0.8 per cent since January 2017.
In comparison, Britain’s European neighbour Germany has experienced a growth of 1.3 per cent each month on average.
The healthcare sector has issued 11.8 per cent of all job postings in the UK and has grown by 1.9% on average monthly.
This was followed by the Sales and Trading sector (10.8 per cent of all vacancies, 0.3 per cnet growth) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT, 10.3 per cent of the job market, 1.2 per cent growth).
Vacancies in the UK’s top three cities (in terms of quantity of job vacancies), London, Manchester, and Birmingham have all seen declines in the past year.
While London has been home to 19.1 per cent of all job vacancies this year, the job market in the capital has stalled, with a decline of 0.1 per cent monthly on average.
When looking at the UK’s top ten cities in 2017, only Edinburgh – which ranked in seventh place for the number of job vacancies posted ¬– has seen an average monthly increase, and even then only 0.3 per cent each month.
The National Health Service has directly advertised around 40,000 jobs this year, placing the organisation just behind Aldi, which took the top spot as the UK’s largest employer (around 55,000 positions advertised this year).
London has seen a decline in job vacancies over the year
Nurses topped the list as the most in-demand profession of 2017 with around 200,000 positions advertised and an average monthly increase of 1.9 per cent.
In terms of contract types, permanent positions continued to dominate, accounting for 78.4 per cent of all vacancies posted since last January.
However, these contracts have actually seen an average monthly decrease of 0.6 per cent this year.
Alternatively, while temporary contracts made up 13.4 per cent of the job market they have increased by 4.7 per cent on average monthly.
Apprenticeships have also seen a significant rise of 3.7 per cent, but these contracts made up just 1.7 per cent of all vacancies.
Additionally, with regard to the level of required education, vocational qualifications were the most in-demand with 15.4 per cent of all postings requesting this.
Bachelor’s Degrees were asked for in 13.4 per cent of job ads, and GCSEs (or equivalent) were demanded in 13.1 per cent postings since last January.