Online Jobs Rise Results from the Innovantage Demand Barometer – July 2018.

Original online job ads in June 2018 were up 22 per cent year-on-year (YoY) – significantly higher than the 5 per cent increase in official job ads and surged in front-line roles for nurses (+90 per cent), Doctors (+77 per cent), Medical Consultants (+66 per cent), Teaching Assistants (+94 per cent) and Headteachers (+56 per cent).

At c.2.28 million in June 2018, the number of original job ads captured by Innovantage was 22 per cent higher than in the same month last year but one per cent lower than in the month of the EU referendum in June 2016 – when there was notably heightened advertising activity.

  • In addition, 0.57m reposts of previous adverts were captured – suggesting that the role was unfilled via the original post and/or it was a role that an employer continually advertises. This equated to 25 per cent of the volume of original ads posted.
  • At 2.9m, the combined total of original job ads and reposts was the same as in June 2017 but was 16 per cent lower than in June 2016.


Set into context of the most recent total number of UK workforce jobs (35.2m in March 2018), the workforce jobs total was just 0.5 per cent (192k) higher than a year earlier and 2.2 per cent (759k) higher than in March 2016.

And set in context of the official ONS vacancy number for the quarter ending June 2018 (824k), UK vacancy numbers were 5 per cent higher than the figure one year earlier and 11 per cent higher than in April-June 2016.

For each official vacancy, employers and their intermediaries posted 2.8 original jobs ads in June 2018 (a ratio of 2.8 to 1):

  • This was higher than the ratio of 2.4 to 1 a year earlier but down from 3.6 to 1 in June 2016.

The ratio of total ads (including reposts) to official vacancies was 3.5 to 1 in June 2018:

  • This was up from 2.9 to 1 in June 2017 but significantly lower than the ratio of 4.6 to 1 in June 2016.

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