In yesterday’s piece, we looked at which occupations have seen the largest and smallest declines in employer recruitment postings since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. Today we come to look at the question from the regional perspective.
The following chart shows the decline in job postings since 7th March, at the Government Office Region level:
Here are the key takeaways:
- Overall, there has been a decline of 11.1% in job postings across the country since 7th March.
- As far as sheer numbers are concerned, it comes as no surprise that London has seen the biggest drop, with a decline in employer postings of around 47,000 (a 12.5% drop).
- Proportionately, however, Scotland has been hit hardest, with a decline of 16.6%.
- The least hit of all the regions, so far, is the North West, which has seen a decline of 10%.
We can then take a much closer look, delving into the 38 LEP areas across the country, as the chart below shows:
Clearly, all areas of the country are being hit hardest, but it is noticeable that the two hardest hit areas — Cumbria, and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly –, which have both seen drops in demand of more than 15%, are both big tourist areas, where recruitment would normally be expected to ramp up at this time of the year. It’s also worth noting that Cumbria has a relatively high incidence of recorded Covid-19 cases — around 22 per 100,000 people, compared to around 12 per 100,000 nationally — and this may well be a factor in the drop in employer demand there.
We’ll be back tomorrow with a look at the correlation between Covid-19 cases and recruitment demand, both nationally and by region.
We are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 2nd April at 2pm, where we’ll be looking in detail about how you can use labour market data to understand and respond to this current crisis. To register, click on the button below.