Vacancies grew in 3 months to November…..
Vacancies grew most in the UK’s smallest and largest firms in the three months to November, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
A total of 562,000 vacancies across the UK in the period was 22,000 more than the previous three-month period of June to August, and 78,000 more than the same period in 2012.
And the number of roles at firms with fewer than 10 staff was 77,000, up 9.7% on the previous quarter.
Companies with 2,500 or more staff registered 238,000 vacancies, a 5.1% rise.
Firms with 10-49 staff, 50-249 staff and 250-2,499 staff saw more modest quarter-on-quarter vacancy growth of 1.4%, 0.8% and 1.9% respectively, although companies in the smaller two brackets have actually experienced the biggest growth over the past 12 months.
Food and accommodation services was the industry displaying the biggest vacancy growth among larger sectors at 12.8%, mirroring a similar situation seen in recent US jobs data.
The retail, trade & vehicle repair, financial & insurance and public sectors also saw recruitment grow strongly.
And in terms of those already in work, the economy adding 250,000 jobs to bring the number of people employed in the three months to October to 30m, the first time the UK labour market has been so large.
There was job growth in every region of England, as well as Scotland and Wales, with just Northern Ireland, shedding 8,000 roles, seeing decline since the previous quarter