Steep fall in jobs in tourism, leisure and catering since coronavirus

The number of jobs on offer in tourism and some other sectors badly hit by coronavirus has plunged in the last year.

Job postings in the catering sector are down by 75 per cent compared to a year ago, leisure and tourism fell 68 per cent and retail dropped by 48.6 per cent, according to Jobs site CV-Library.

The total number of vacancies is down by 10 per cent on a year ago, the website said.

However, in more optimistic comments, the site said that in general there had been “resilience” in the employment market during the latest lockdown – even though the UK is now facing a double-dip recession.

The biggest increases were in distribution (up 44 per cent), social care (27 per cent), and medical, pharmaceutical and scientific (26 per cent) – all of which have played a key role in the pandemic or in serving people at home in lockdown.

There was also an increase in managerial roles and for jobs in the telecoms industry, said the report.

Chief executive Lee Biggins said: “Starting 2021 in another full lockdown, and off the back of a year spent mainly under restrictions, many feared this would be a tipping point for the UK job market.

“The impact of Covid-19 is still clear to see within the individual sectors, but the overall initial impact of this third lockdown appears to be the least damaging, proving that we are learning to navigate and adapt in these unprecedented times.

“January is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the job market and we must acknowledge this seasonal boost.

“For job postings to be only 10 per cent down should provide a boost to both employers and jobseekers and is a reassuring start to what looks to be another uncertain year.”