Jobs vacancies in the manufacturing industry soar by 24.5%, but candidate appetite is not meeting demand

Demand for staff in the manufacturing industry is continuing to grow, with job numbers soaring by 24.5% last month. This is according to the latest statistics from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site.

The data analysed the average number of jobs across key UK cities last month, and compared this with statistics from the same period last year. The nation as a whole witnessed an impressive increase in advertised vacancies of 10.7% year-on-year, with the findings revealing that the top ten industries for job growth include:

  1. Social Care – 26.7%
  2. Manufacturing – 24.5%
  3. Accounting – 16.9%
  4. Construction – 13.7%
  5. Recruitment – 13.5%
  6. Automotive – 12.3%
  7. Catering – 12%
  8. Engineering – 11.3%
  9. Education – 10.7%
  10. Retail – 10.2%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s clear that businesses within the sector are gearing up for the month ahead, with September traditionally being a busy time for recruitment. With recent graduates entering the workforce and September blues setting in as professionals return from their holidays, we often see an increase in those looking for their next exciting career opportunity, which is promising for this particular industry which is rife with ongoing staff shortages.”

The data suggests that candidate appetite for manufacturing roles is not quite keeping pace, with application numbers dropping by 9.1% year-on-year. Despite this decrease, this is not unusual for this time of year, which typically experiences a summer-slowdown in job hunting activity.

Biggins concludes: “While application numbers are not meeting employer demand in the manufacturing sector, we hope to see these figures pick back-up in September, which tends to be a much busier month for recruitment and job hunting activity. The manufacturing industry is continuing to boom and there are some fantastic opportunities out there for candidates to make the most of. The onus is now on employers within the sector to market their opportunities in the right way and offer the most competitive packages in order to stay ahead.”

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