Vacancies

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Latest monthly vacancies

932,000Estimated number of open job vacancies in the last reported rolling quarter across the UK, Nov-Jan 2024.

Growth on previous quarter

-5.2%Estimated percentage change on last quarter, Sep-Nov 2023

About the data on this page

These visualisations are driven by data from from the Office for National Statistics. Specific links to the data sets used are provided below. The page is automatically updated when the latest LMS data is published. The current data was published on 13 February 2024. The next scheduled publication is 12 March 2024.

The page is automatically regenerated when the latest ONS data is published.

Estimated number of vacancies (seasonally adjusted)

This chart shows the seasonally adjusted estimated number of vacancies in the UK. The figures are derived from Vacancies and Unemployment (VACS01) data published by the Office of National Statistics, and show the estimated vacancies over a rolling three-month period.

Estimated Number of Vacancies

Estimated number of vacancies (seasonally adjusted)

Rolling 3-month periodMay-Jul2011Jul-Sep2015Jan-Mar2003Sep-Nov2019Nov-Jan2024Mar-May2007Number of vacancies (thousands)0100012001400200400600800Apr-Jun 2001
680,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2001
674,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2001
663,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2001
663,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2001
639,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2001
626,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2001
602,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2002
605,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2002
616,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2002
617,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2002
621,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2002
613,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2002
616,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2002
612,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2002
613,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2002
609,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2002
609,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2002
608,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2002
603,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2003
602,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2003
596,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2003
594,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2003
585,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2003
588,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2003
579,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2003
574,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2003
576,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2003
592,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2003
604,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2003
610,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2003
615,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2004
613,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2004
617,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2004
624,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2004
631,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2004
636,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2004
641,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2004
652,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2004
654,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2004
654,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2004
654,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2004
658,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2004
662,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2005
661,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2005
655,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2005
642,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2005
638,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2005
642,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2005
642,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2005
633,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2005
624,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2005
622,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2005
608,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2005
606,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2005
609,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2006
615,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2006
612,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2006
600,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2006
598,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2006
597,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2006
604,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2006
607,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2006
611,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2006
611,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2006
618,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2006
620,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2006
620,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2007
619,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2007
629,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2007
642,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2007
648,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2007
651,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2007
658,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2007
670,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2007
681,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2007
683,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2007
686,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2007
691,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2007
687,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2008
678,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2008
687,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2008
697,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2008
696,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2008
679,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2008
657,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2008
643,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2008
624,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2008
615,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2008
596,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2008
562,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2008
527,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2009
497,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2009
478,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2009
465,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2009
455,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2009
443,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2009
431,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2009
430,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2009
438,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2009
436,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2009
432,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2009
437,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2009
454,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2010
463,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2010
467,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2010
465,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2010
469,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2010
479,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2010
484,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2010
479,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2010
461,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2010
455,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2010
454,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2010
474,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2010
483,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2011
493,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2011
490,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2011
484,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2011
472,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2011
461,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2011
460,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2011
457,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2011
462,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2011
464,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2011
467,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2011
462,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2011
465,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2012
473,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2012
473,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2012
467,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2012
465,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2012
471,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2012
474,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2012
479,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2012
484,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2012
488,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2012
491,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2012
494,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2012
501,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2013
501,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2013
504,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2013
504,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2013
516,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2013
522,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2013
533,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2013
540,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2013
536,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2013
548,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2013
553,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2013
568,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2013
573,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2014
581,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2014
595,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2014
615,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2014
637,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2014
653,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2014
662,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2014
670,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2014
682,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2014
687,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2014
703,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2014
704,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2014
708,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2015
708,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2015
719,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2015
727,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2015
727,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2015
727,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2015
732,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2015
742,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2015
743,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2015
742,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2015
743,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2015
743,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2015
745,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2016
747,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2016
743,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2016
744,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2016
744,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2016
747,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2016
750,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2016
749,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2016
754,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2016
755,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2016
758,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2016
755,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2016
757,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2017
759,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2017
770,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2017
777,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2017
792,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2017
784,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2017
781,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2017
781,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2017
790,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2017
798,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2017
805,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2017
816,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2017
821,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2018
828,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2018
819,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2018
818,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2018
816,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2018
820,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2018
828,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2018
834,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2018
839,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2018
843,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2018
857,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2018
858,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2018
857,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2019
865,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2019
852,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2019
850,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2019
843,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2019
836,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2019
819,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2019
817,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2019
811,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2019
816,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2019
804,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2019
803,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2019
811,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2020
822,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2020
826,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2020
801,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2020
642,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2020
473,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2020
326,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2020
365,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2020
423,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2020
488,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2020
524,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2020
553,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2020
601,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2021
626,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2021
628,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2021
634,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2021
668,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2021
767,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2021
864,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2021
964,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2021
1,046,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2021
1,121,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2021
1,186,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2021
1,214,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2021
1,241,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2022
1,264,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2022
1,281,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2022
1,293,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2022
1,297,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2022
1,302,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2022
1,299,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2022
1,275,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2022
1,257,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2022
1,244,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2022
1,214,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2022
1,178,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2022
1,160,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2023
1,140,000 vacancies
Dec-Feb 2023
1,130,000 vacancies
Jan-Mar 2023
1,119,000 vacancies
Feb-Apr 2023
1,085,000 vacancies
Mar-May 2023
1,052,000 vacancies
Apr-Jun 2023
1,032,000 vacancies
May-Jul 2023
1,015,000 vacancies
Jun-Aug 2023
994,000 vacancies
Jul-Sep 2023
983,000 vacancies
Aug-Oct 2023
958,000 vacancies
Sep-Nov 2023
949,000 vacancies
Oct-Dec 2023
934,000 vacancies
Nov-Jan 2024
932,000 vacancies

Growth by sector

This visualisation shows the percentage growth in quarterly average job vacancies in the UK by sector. The figures are derived from Vacancies by industry (VACS02) data published the Office of National Statistics. Categories in each tab were selected based on the Large Employers and the Youth Labour Market Report published by the Youth Futures Foundation.

All sectors

Quarterly growth in vacancies by sector

Growth since previous quarter (%)
Growth since pre-coronavirus January to March 2020 (%)
-20%0%20%40%60%80%Wholesale & retail; motor vehiclesReal estate activitiesInformation & communicationHealth & social workFinancial & insuranceElectricity, gas & air conditioningConstructionArts entertainment & recreationAccommodation & food serviceAccommodation & food service monthly change: -5.9%Arts entertainment & recreation monthly change: -8.7%Construction monthly change: 2.3%Electricity, gas & air conditioning monthly change: -11.1%Financial & insurance monthly change: -3.2%Health & social work monthly change: -6.4%Information & communication monthly change: 6.2%Real estate activities monthly change: 41.6%Wholesale & retail; motor vehicles monthly change: -5.1%Accommodation & food service quarterly change: 26.4%Arts entertainment & recreation quarterly change: -14.1%Construction quarterly change: 33.3%Electricity, gas & air conditioning quarterly change: 45.5%Financial & insurance quarterly change: 15.0%Health & social work quarterly change: 22.6%Information & communication quarterly change: 2.5%Real estate activities quarterly change: -10.0%Wholesale & retail; motor vehicles quarterly change: -3.8%
Key sectors for youth employment

Quarterly growth in vacancies by key sectors for young people

Growth since previous quarter (%)
Growth since pre-coronavirus January to March 2020 (%)
-20%0%20%40%60%80%Health & social workAccommodation & foodserviceAccommodation & food service quarterly change: -5.9%Health & social work quarterly change: -6.4%Accommodation & food service growth since pre-coronavirus: 26.4%Health & social work growth since pre-coronavirus: 22.6%
Sectors targeted by young people

Quarterly growth in vacancies in the most desirable sectors for young people

Growth since previous quarter (%)
Growth since pre-coronavirus January to March 2020 (%)
-20%0%20%40%60%80%Financial & insuranceArts entertainment &recreationArts entertainment & recreation monthly change: -8.7%Financial & insurance monthly change: -3.2%Arts entertainment & recreation quarterly change: -14.1%Financial & insurance quarterly change: 15.0%