Vacancies are at a record high: Which sectors have the biggest gaps to fill?

Tuesday 14th September 2021 12:30 BST

But which sectors have the biggest gaps?

The ONS measures how many vacancies each had for every 100 employee jobs in the three months to August - and the average across all sectors is 3.4, itself a record.

Figures also show which sectors have seen the biggest increases in openings over the period, including sharp rises for hospitality and transportation.

• Accommodation and food services: 5.9 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
134,000 vacancies, up 75.4% on previous three months

• Information and communication: 4.5 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
58,000 vacancies, up 28.4% on previous three months

• Arts, entertainment and recreation: 4.3 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
30,000 vacancies, up 54.1% on previous three months

• Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning: 4.2 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
6,000 vacancies, up 1.8% on previous three months

• "Other" service activities (includes professional bodies, religious groups and political parties as well as hairdressers, computer repair, dry cleaning and funerals): 4.2 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
26,000 vacancies, up 93.3% on previous three months

• Health and social work: 4.1 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
167,000 vacancies, up 16.8% on previous three months

• Professional scientific and technical activities: 3.7 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
98,000 vacancies, up 28.2% on previous three months

• Finance and insurance: 3.5 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
37,000 vacancies, up 21.2% on previous three months

• Water industry: 3.2 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
6,000 vacancies, up 10.3% on previous three months

• Wholesale: 3.2 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
37,000 vacancies, up 54.1% on previous three months

• Manufacturing: 3.1 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
75,000 vacancies, up 30.6% on previous three months

• Transport and storage: 3.1 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
47,000 vacancies, up 76.3% on previous three months

• Administrative and support services: 3 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
75,000 vacancies, up 33% on previous three months

• Retail: 2.9 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
83,000 vacancies, up 41% on previous three months

• Motor trades: 2.6 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
14,000 vacancies, up 19% on previous three months

• Real estate: 2.6 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
15,000 vacancies, up 7.4% on previous three months

• Construction: 2.4 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
37,000 vacancies, up 12.3% on previous three months

• Mining and quarrying: 2.4 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
1,000 vacancies, up 18.2% on previous three months

• Education: 2.2 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
58,000 vacancies, up 29.8% on previous three months

• Public administration, defence, social security: 2.1 vacancies per 100 employee jobs
29,000 vacancies, up 28.4% on previous three months

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