UK job adverts highest since March, recruiters say

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A person looks at adverts in the window of a job agency in London

UK job adverts highest since March, recruiters say

A person looks at adverts in the window of a job agency in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British employers are advertising the most jobs since early March, though sectors such as hospitality and leisure remain hard-hit by the COVID pandemic, recruiters said on Friday.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation, a trade body, said 1.36 million jobs were being actively advertised in the first week of November, with the strongest recovery in construction, logistics and food processing.

Britain's Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday the number of job vacancies rose by 146,000 to 525,000 in the three months to October, but this was still more than a third lower than a year before.

Britain's unemployment rate rose to 4.8% in the third quarter of 2020, its highest since late 2016.

REC chief executive Neil Carberry said there were big regional differences in the number of job adverts.

"With the stark difference in demand across different regions, avoiding a skills mismatch will require serious planning," he said.

Job adverts in London were 19% lower than in March, while those in northwest England were 37% higher.

Vacancies for food and drink factory workers were 53% higher than in March, and demand for van drivers was 43% higher, while adverts for bar staff and chefs were down by almost half.

(Reporting by David Milliken, editing by Elizabeth Piper)