Employer demand is outpacing jobseeker interest in the construction and transport sectors, jobsite Indeed can reveal. While job growth in the construction industry has increased 10% in the last quarter, jobseeker interest in these positions has remained stable since the beginning of 2015. Similarly, Transport has seen a 13% increase in job availability compared to last quarter, while jobseeker interest in these roles has fallen 2% in August from its peak in March.
The figures suggest these industries are amongst the first to feel the impact of an economy that is increasingly reliant on contractors and temporary hires, with an increasing number of tradesmen and drivers branching out to start their own businesses or work on a contract or freelance basis. This trend is more evident for electricians – job searches for electrician including the term self-employed has grown 61% since Q4 2014.
Hospitality is another sector which will feel the impact of these changes. Job postings in the sector stood at 81,333 in August, a 6% increase on the previous quarter. “Cleaner” was the top job role available, with 216,708 posts for these roles, followed by “bar staff”, with 143,590 positions available. These may be inflated above average due to a hiring boom over the summer months, but we may see a decline in posts as we move towards the wage rise in April.