ICAP’s Labour Market Indices show increased vacancies in May and suggest further improvements in unemployment

London, 11 June, 2013 – May data for the ICAP UK Labour Market indices (UK LMI) shows further improvements in the UK labour market with increased vacancies and reduced competition for jobs. For the second consecutive month, applications per vacancy fell in May (-0.8%), although the ICAP Unemployment Index remains 27% above 2012 levels. Despite declining 3.5pts, the ICAP Vacancy Index remains positive (above 50pts) illustrating the continued growth in both permanent and temporary vacancies across the majority of sectors.

Highlights from the May data release:

  • On a MoM basis, both permanent and temporary vacancies grew in May (+3.6% and +4.7%), continuing the increases from April
  • On a YoY basis, both permanent and temporary vacancies also grew +2.0% and +3.3% respectively
  • A 0.8% decrease in applications per vacancy in May suggests further easing in claimant count is likely
  • Average offered salaries fell for a third consecutive month on a 3m rolling basis (-0.4%), although remains marginally above the same period last year
  • Education & Training, Automotive, and Transport & Rail were the top three sectors with the strongest quarterly growth, with vacancies increasing 38.7%, 31.1% and 28.7% quarter-on-quarter respectively
  • Electronics, Defence & Military, and New Media & Internet were the only three sectors to experience declines in permanent vacancy demand over the quarter. Defence & Military vacancies, however, remain 30.7% above the same three month period last year
  • Graduates & Trainees once again experienced the strongest quarterly growth in temporary vacancies (+142.3%) despite large falls in May. Automotive also continued to experience strong quarterly demand, with strong increases in May and +79.3% growth over the quarter

More detail on these highlights may be found in the full press release.

About the ICAP UK Labour Market Indices (UK LMI)

Accurate, detailed and time critical labour market information derived from a unique source of UK employment information covering in excess of 60% of all job advertisements. The ICAP UK Labour Market Indices (UK LMI) data provides an unparalleled view of key trends occurring in the UK labour market.

Core UK LMI – grouping of unique indices, made up of:

  • The UK LMI Unemployment Index: uses the number of applications/vacancies to produce a leading indicator that anticipates the ONS Unemployment Claimant Count
  • The UK LMI Vacancies Index: uses the number of advertised vacancies to produce an indicator that anticipates the ONS Vacancies figure;
  • The UK LMI Offered Salaries Index: sector-weighted average of offered salaries.
  • The UK LMI Employment Index: uses historical correlation between changes in numbers of advertised vacancies and official ONS Employment figures to produce a leading indicator for the labour market that anticipates the upcoming official figures.

Detailed LMI – includes the indices from the Core UK LMI, as well as additional detailed vacancy and salary information for 48 sectors and various regions across the UK.

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