The nights may be drawing in, but the sun continues to shine on the jobs market this Autumn, with growth in new opportunities across all regions and in every sector of the UK economy.
For the first time since the Reed Job Index began in December 2009, all 12 UK regions are showing a monthly and annual growth in jobs. Scotland in particular continues to show sustained growth, with jobs up 48% year-on-year. The sense of optimism is also reaching all industries, with every sector showing increased jobs compared to the same time last year.
Each of the 33 industry sectors listed on the index is showing year-on-year growth in jobs, whilst all UK regions are showing growth compared to last month. Retail saw one of the biggest increases in jobs posted, with a 17% monthly increase, reflecting renewed consumer confidence as we enter the busy run-up to Christmas. In the construction sector, which has benefitted from four months of consecutive jobs growth, the continued rise in new opportunities helped it to a 74% rise against the same period last year. The manufacturing (+37%), automotive (+61%) & logistics (+58%) sectors all showed promising annual growth in October.