Job vacancies during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Costa Dias, Monica; Norris Keiller, Agnes; Postel-Vinay, Fabien
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
19 May 2020
IFS Briefing Note; BN289
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Job vacancies are an early indicator of economic activity. When a firm’s demand for labour increases, it may post new vacancies some time before these vacancies are actually filled; conversely, when labour demand falls, a firm may stop recruitment efforts before an effect on employment is felt. Tracking the evolution of vacancies allows us to see where labour demand has fallen most during the pandemic, and where it is tentatively picking up again, much faster than official employment statistics allow.

This briefing presents information from a daily census of all job adverts posted on Find a Job (FAJ), a recruitment website maintained by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


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