• Reed Job Index shows 44% increase in part-time job vacancies in the past year
• Biggest annual increase seen in part-time Manufacturing roles
• North West of England sees highest levels of part-time growth
The number of part-time jobs available in the UK has seen a dramatic uplift in the past year.
Figures released by reed.co.uk report 44% more part-time job vacancies in July 2014 than at the same point last year.
The top three growth sectors for part-time jobs advertised are: Manufacturing (+163% YOY); Retail (+120%); and Construction & Property (+106%). The North West of England has seen the highest levels of growth in part-time jobs – 87% in the past year.
Commenting on the latest figures, James Reed, Chairman of reed.co.uk said:
“This dramatic increase in the volume of part-time vacancies is very encouraging for jobseekers and businesses alike. A business ramping up through part-time roles suggests a gradual and cautious approach to staffing, maintaining flexibility while still focused on job creation.
“Overall, it’s a very buoyant labour market. During each week in July, we saw over a million applications and we have over a third more job vacancies on our site than at the same point a year ago. And with growth visible in such sectors as Manufacturing, Construction and Retail – many of the hardest hit during the recession – it’s an indication of key industries returning to growth.”
Other findings from the Reed Job Index include:
• A 75% increase in job vacancies in Motoring and Automotive sector (Jul 13 – Jul 14)
• A 46% increase in roles available in Wales (Jul 13 – Jul 14)
• Transport and Logistics is fastest moving sector with 77% growth in job vacancies in the period January to June 2104Part-time roles on the rise by Mark Rhodes