Which industries have been hit the hardest in 2019? 

Vacancies have dropped below one million for the first time in four years (Feb 2015), after losing a total of 132,201 jobs in the past 12 months according to the latest research from job search engine Adzuna.co.uk. The energy, oil and gas industry has seen just over a third of jobs wiped from the job market in the past 12 months as Brexit uncertainty continues to unsettle the job market. Domestic work has seen an equal number of jobs lost in the past 12 months (34%).

Retail continues to suffer after losing 22% of vacancies year on year. Around 16 stores closed every day in the first half of 2019 while only nine opened, resulting in a net decline of 1,234 chain stores on Britain’s top 500 high streets according to an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and high street analyst the Local Data Company (LDC).

The accounting and finance industry is another casualty in the job market with a loss of 22% vacancies year on year. The news comes after City financial firms have committed to move at least 7,000 jobs out of the UK to prepare for Brexit. Consultancy firms lose an equal amount of vacancies year on year, while engineering, property, construction, teaching and charity jobs lose 21% of jobs year on year.

Only five industries out of 30 have made a notable uplift in advertised vacancies year on year. Gardening vacancies have seen considerable growth (37%), followed by travel (21%) and sales jobs (20%). Healthcare and nursing jobs have increased 17% year on year. However, the boost in opportunities for healthcare professionals, sparks worry for the NHS with 81,430 unfilled positions.

Number of vacancies

Year on year change

Average Salary

Energy, oil, gas jobs

2,723

-34%

£40,040

Domestic help-cleaning jobs

8,702

-34%

£18,746

Customer services jobs

19,334

-23%

£22,039

Retail jobs

22,146

-22%

£25,930

Accounting finance jobs

62,234

-22%

£37,468

Consultancy jobs

15,387

-22%

£36,210

Engineering jobs

59,266

-21%

£37,359

Property jobs

9,280

-21%

£32,505

Trade construction jobs

67,941

-21%

£38,185

Teaching jobs

55,701

-21%

£29,030

Charity, voluntary jobs

4,654

-21%

£29,848

Logistics warehouse jobs

39,162

-20%

£24,404

Hospitality catering jobs

54,339

-18%

£24,407

Bar manager

1,528

-17%

£26,500

HR jobs

12,630

-17%

£35,792

PR advertising marketing jobs

23,738

-15%

£37,366

Manufacturing jobs

24,881

-15%

£26,756

chef

30,002

-14%

£29,805

Scientific jobs

13,834

-7%

£36,969

Creative design jobs

8,310

-6%

£37,095

Social work jobs

31,152

-4%

£27,739

Admin jobs

44,792

-2%

£27,575

It jobs

88,236

2%

£51,555

Secretary

11,426

3%

£30,103

Legal jobs

26,684

3%

£46,573

Graduate jobs

10,107

15%

£22,039

Healthcare nursing jobs

81,430

17%

£36,569

Sales jobs

54,909

20%

£31,613

Travel jobs

3,411

21%

£26,081

Landscape gardener jobs

1,287

37%

£27,024

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna commented: “The uncertainty around a no deal Brexit continues to affect over two thirds of industries across the country. This downturn in advertised vacancies has been consistent throughout the year, with only a small snippet of month on month growth in May, as employers hold back on hiring plans. While additional factors such as automation, job satisfaction and an increase in internal recruitment may play a part in the fall in vacancies, it’s clear to see that Brexit uncertainty has magnified the decline in the job market. It’s likely that we will see this trend continue into the, typically quiet, Christmas period, but we hope to see the job market pick up in January.”

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