Total advertised job vacancies in the UK rose 7.2% year-on-year in August, according to figures from Adzuna’s latest Jobs Report.
The report also showed that average advertised salaries fell to £31,958 in August, the first time the figure has dipped below £32,000 since March 2014.
“While the sun is shining in terms of vacancies, there is a chillier outlook for salaries,” Monro said. “Some commentators are predicting that inflation could well fall as quickly as it has risen, but consumers are unlikely to notice the real difference in their wallets until early next year meaning they could have a winter of discontent to battle first. Once inflation does ease and salaries do finally turn the corner, it will feel like an enhanced pay rise.
Meanwhile, the report showed that administrative jobs are among the biggest improving sectors in terms of salary. Average salaries are up 6.8% year-on-year and currently stand at £23,977. Vacancies have also risen by 2% annually, meaning there are 36,522 openings currently available. Adzuna added this figure suggests it is currently resisting the effects of automation.
“Despite the reported rise of the robots, admin jobs are still in demand and paying better than they were previously, as employers still value efficient clerical staff rather than entrusting such tasks to automated systems just yet,” Monro said. “Artificial intelligence has already had an impact in sectors and job roles such as pharmacy assistants, travel agents and translators, but our data shows that rather than view admin roles as on the verge of extinction, they should be viewed as supplementary to automated systems.
“Speed, accuracy, standardisation and attention to detail are the main benefits of machine over man, but the comparative price of hiring administrative staff – often temporary workers – provides an element of flexibility for companies,” Monro said.“The move away from human labour may seem inevitable to some, but hardy job sectors such as admin aren’t going down without a fight.”
Robert Bond FIRP
Rob has a background in Sales and IT recruitment with over 25 years of experience in these sectors. He heads up the IT and Accountancy Divisions of Bond Williams and is also responsible for Bond Williams internal Operations and Finance. Alongside Claire, he is responsible for the overall growth and …