Summer is here – job vacancies increase

According to job search engine, over 25,000 summer jobs are still to be filled. This is a 10% increase on the same period last year.

Seasonal jobs such as security and hospitality vacancies dominate the job openings, while London and the South-East is the place to be as nearly 60% of summer jobs are advertised there.

Festivals also provide an excellent opportunity for job hunters. Glastonbury festival will hire 34,000 staff, Reading festival will hire 8,700 and the Epsom Derby will hire 12,000 staff.

Sporting events such as Wimbledon, which will hire 7,000 staff, and the cricket at Lord’s will earn over £1m.

The summer job vacancies are released as announces figures which show the number of job opportunities in the UK have increased. The Reed Job Index for May 2013 found there were 8% more opportunities than May 2012. The number of positions increased 17% compared to the same period last year. This means the job market is at its healthiest since 2008.

The Index also found that only three sectors were less healthy this year, than 2012 – accountancy, financial services and purchasing. Education, healthcare and medicine were the sectors that saw the highest growth levels.

The Reed Job Index is compiled based on analysis of recruitment advertisements from over 10,000 recruiters throughout the UK.

James Reed, chairman of the recruitment site said: “Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see whether this month’s GDP and ONS figures follow suit.

“Both measures have recently shown encouraging, if modest growth and there are strong signs the growing health of the jobs market will continue to help drive the economy forward.”

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