LMI Bulletin 31/08/2018 (Issue 382)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin 31/08/2018 (Issue 382)

Job Gains and Losses

A new hotel under development on the outskirts of Amble is starting its recruitment. The Amble Inn is part of The Inn Collection Group. Look here for details. (Bdaily)   


T Levels
Back before the summer started, the DfE announced the 54 colleges and post-16 providers which are to deliver T Levels in September 2020. In the North East these are:

  • Durham Sixth Form Centre
  • Gateshead College 
  • New College Durham
  • St Thomas More Catholic School

While still some distance away, it's clear that the providers are preparing for this and according to the TES, one, Northampton College which isn't in the pilot group, has announced it is ending its A level provision as it concentrates on delivering T Levels. The last DfE report on T Levels Implementation of T Level Programmes Government Consultation Response, was in May 2018. Amongst the many questions posed in the consultation were what is happening to the rest of Level 3 qualifications and the prospect for adults to be able to access T Levels.  

UK Vacancies
The monthly LMI statistical bulletin from ONS provides the headline figures for the UK labour market. One of the stats is the number of vacancies in the UK posted over the previous three month period. The data is derived from a survey of employers every month and records those vacancies where the employer is actively seeking recruits from outside organisations. The survey does not include recruitment agencies.

The vacancy figure published in the August bulletin is for the period May to July 2018 and shows that there were 829,000 vacancies in the UK for that period. This is the highest figure since comparable records began in 2001. As the chart shows below, the demand for labour (in blue) is much higher during periods of low unemployment (in red) and vice versa.


In terms of which employers are recruiting, 56% of the vacancies were advertised by businesses with over 250 employees - see the chart below for the full breakdown. Although there are only 10,000 businesses in the UK with over 250 employees (UK Business Counts) they provide over half the recruitment opportunities.

The sectors advertising most vacancies were Health and Hospitality (Accommodation/Food). The sectors showing the largest increases in vacancies in the last year (May to July 2017 compared to the same period in 2018), were Health (up 15,000) and transport and storage (up 11,000).

Bulletin date: 
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 12:00