By: Michael Barone

February 6, 2024

For the first time since 2021, there are less than 1 million job vacancies in the Uk

The decline in advertised vacancies in London is concerning, as it indicates a potential slowdown in the job market. With almost 200,000 fewer job opportunities than the previous year, job seekers in the capital may face increased competition for available positions.

Furthermore, the decrease in average advertised salaries in London adds to the worries of job seekers. A 2.0% decline may not seem significant at first glance, but it can substantially impact individuals’ financial well-being and the overall health of the UK job market. With London’s high cost of living, a decrease in salaries can make it even more challenging for residents to make ends meet.

On a more positive note, Wales experienced a slight rebound in November after a fall in October. This suggests that the job market in Wales is relatively stable, providing some relief for job seekers in the region. However, it remains to be seen whether this growth will continue in the coming months.

The East Midlands, on the other hand, has emerged as a surprising frontrunner regarding salary growth. Overtaking Northern Ireland and Yorkshire, which have consistently shown strong salary growth throughout the year, the East Midlands saw the highest year-over-year increase in November. This growth can be attributed to the rise in average salaries in Leicester, which increased by an impressive 6.8% to £34,781.

Overall, the job market in the U.K. is experiencing mixed fortunes. While some regions are witnessing job vacancies and salaries declines, others are showing signs of growth. Job seekers must remain vigilant and adaptable, considering opportunities in different areas and industries to maximize their chances of finding employment. 

Global Mobility Solutions (GMS) is the industry leader in relocation services and always has a pulse on job markets worldwide. Be sure to check out our Knowledge Base as we post weekly blogs with topics ranging from real estate insights to info for hiring managers.

I have been a Global Business Development Manager and Global Account Manager since October 2022, supporting organizations in all aspects of their Global Mobility Programs. Before joining GMS, I worked for 18 years in Global Mobility. My experience ranges from Operations to Account Management for various client sizes and scopes. I have extensive experience with inter-company transfers and all assignment types for Global Cross Border policies.

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