Cleaning and maintenance vacancies spike to support the UK’s return to work

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While vacancies in the UK dropped in the week following the Prime Minister’s easing of lockdown restrictions, dipping 10% week-on-week, the uptick in maintenance and cleaning roles during this period indicates an attempt to get Britain working again. That’s according to the latest real-time statistics from global network of job boards, Broadbean Technology.

In the week ending 17th May, Broadbean Technology’s data indicated a 37% increase in cleaning and maintenance vacancies compared to the week leading up to Boris Johnson’s announcement, as more businesses looked to re-open offices. These roles accounted for 39% of all new jobs added last week, indicating an increase in employers looking to make work environments safe for returning staff.

Alex Fourlis, Managing Director at Broadbean Technology, commented: “While it’s perhaps too early to say that things are on the up, our data indicates some positivity as Britain tries to get back to work.

"As businesses look to open offices, the challenge facing employers now is finding enough people willing and able to get back to work. With much of the UK workforce struggling with childcare options, illness and potentially juggling work commitments with living with a vulnerable person, the resources aren’t necessarily available to return to normal activities.

"We expect demand for staff for sectors that form the foundation of the country’s workforce – such as cleaning and maintenance– to continue to grow in the coming weeks and months.”

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