Number of UK job vacancies are at their highest level since November 2015 0

The number of job vacancies across the UK now stands at its highest level since November 2015, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from There are 1,179,586 openings currently being advertised, with just 0.44 jobseekers for every vacancy; while salaries – now sitting at £32,678 – have also been showing signs of recovery, increasing month-on-month since the start of 2017, which suggests the previous decline in wage growth may have been a temporary lull. While wage growth is picking up positive momentum, advertised wages still remain behind 2016 levels.  Indeed, a third of UK vacancies were impacted by recent increases in National Living Wage when it rose from £7.20 to £7.50 on April 1st.  Both Labour and the Conservatives have made pledges to increase the National Minimum Wage in their recently published manifestos. Admin (64 percent), catering (59 percent) and customer service (71 percent) are the sectors that the increase has affected most significantly.

The research shows that a third of all jobs in the UK are affected by minimum wage rises and almost twice as many North East vacancies (41 percent) are affected by such changes compared to the capital (22 percent). Wales (40 percent), the North West (39 percent), the East Midlands (39 percent) and South West England (39 percent) would also see a significant proportion of vacancies impacted.

 At the other end of the scale, there are currently just 7,835 roles advertised on Adzuna offering top-end salaries over £100,000. This represents less than 1 percent of all vacancies. 

April 2017 March 2017 Monthly


Annual change from April 2016
UK Vacancies 1,179,586 1,156,701 2 percent 2 percent
Jobseekers per Vacancy 0.44 0.45 2.2 percent -18.5 percent
Av. Advertised UK Salary £32,678 £32,525 0.5 percent -2.3 percent

Table 1: Total advertised vacancies and UK salary

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, explains: “With salaries up, vacancies at their highest levels in seven months, and fewer people competing for jobs, it’s an employment paradise for jobseekers.  This means less of a strain on disposable incomes as jobseekers and employees have more room to manoeuvre in terms of their purchasing power.

“However, with the General Election fast approaching, improvements in the labour market shouldn’t be taken as given just yet. Despite promising month-on-month wage growth, we still have a way to go to make up lost ground on advertised earnings.” 

Job Sector  Average salary Salary  percent 12 Month Change Total Vacancies
HR & Recruitment Jobs £32,821 7.2 percent 14,599
Graduate Jobs £24,361 4.5 percent 16,901
Travel Jobs £25,865 2.4 percent 5,703
Property Jobs £32,470 1.8 percent 11,174
Teaching Jobs £26,972 1.5 percent 57,039

 Table 2: Best-performing jobs sectors in the UK – annual salaries