Record job vacancies

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 1.17 million job vacancies in October 2021: 400,000 more than before the pandemic. Post-furlough redundancies have done little to fill the gap.

To entice candidates, employers are offering more money, better training and greater flexibility. Starting salaries for both permanent and temporary positions have risen at the sharpest rate in over 24 years. XpertHR has found that 59.4% of UK organisations are now offering mental health support in benefits packages to attract and retain staff.