Real-time statistics from Broadbean Technology has shown that while vacancies across the UK saw a 20 per cent rise in quarter one 2021 compared to the last three months of 2020, applicant numbers rose by just 4 per cent during the same period.

Broadbean’s data reveals that while vacancies appear to be recovering exceptionally well from the pandemic applicant numbers are faring less well. Indeed, candidate numbers dropped by 34 per cent in quarter one 2021 when compared to the same time a year earlier, suggesting that a talent war could well be returning to the UK recruitment market.

The data also reveals that sectors that have historically noted a skills shortage – IT and Life Sciences, for example – have seen a reversal in supply versus demand following an initial decline in vacancies and increase in applicant numbers at the peak of the pandemic last year.

Looking specifically at IT, Broadbean’s data shows that vacancies increased by 35 per cent between quarter four 2020 and quarter one 2021, yet applicant numbers stagnated during the same period, up by just 1 per cent following a 20 per cent drop in candidates between quarter three and quarter four 2020. The data paints a similar picture of the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences arena where vacancies saw a steady increase – up 18 per cent quarter on quarter – at the beginning of 2021. However, applications for jobs are not increasing at the same pace, up by just 6 per cent in quarter one 2021 compared to the last three months of 2020.

“It’s incredibly encouraging to see such a strong recovery in vacancy number over the past few months and certainly suggests that the recovery from the pandemic is well underway,” says Alex Fourlis, managing director at Broadbean Technology. “However while our data shows that the UK jobs market is returning to normality, it is surprising that in the first three months of the year, employers actually received less applicants per job compared to the same period last year. And while we can’t say whether the war for talent we are seeing in some sectors has returned for good, there are clear signs that the struggles employers had faced sourcing hard-to-find skill sets in areas that have notoriously faced a dearth of talent – including tech and life sciences – are starting to surface once again. It will be interesting to note how his plays out over the coming weeks and months, but one thing is for sure: we are starting to see parallels to the pre-pandemic employment landscape.”


Original article ‘War for Talen returns; Jogs up 20% but application numbers fall’ Written by NEWSDESK Published by The Global Recruiter


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