Hard-to-Fill Positions Analysis in United Kingdom – October 2017

This entry was posted in Advice for recruiters, Employment trends, JobisJob Data and tagged , , , , on by María Aragón.

This article presents a brief summary of the hard-to-fill positions during October 2017 in the UK. To extract and analyse the data, we have used our big data technology tool Job Market Insights, which provides us with an in-depth picture of the job market trends and the hard-to-fill positions in the jobs market.

About Hard-to-Fill positions. Hard-to-fill positions are vacancies being posted multiple times on paid sites with periods of up to 2 weeks in-between.  These are hot leads, positions that are being paid for by companies and are in desperate need of qualified candidates.

Firstly, we are going to give details of the the hard-to-fill positions from a general point of view at a national level.  We will also show the characteristics of these types of vacancies based on the data from the city or cities that register a representative amount of job offers in each of the regions.


In October 2017, the total number of hard-to-fill positions (10,884) accounted for 1% of the total vacancies published. In the sections that follow, we are going to provide information from different perspectives, looking at: the most frequently requested job title, salary range, location and issuing company.
If we analyse in terms of the most frequently requested job title, we can see that vacancies from Social Services and Sales sectors come out on top. From a salary perspective, almost 55% of the hard-to-fill positions are in salary ranges of less than £40,000 and around 28% have salaries less than £20,000.  Generally speaking, these are vacancies that are demanding customer service jobs with low salaries.
London is the location with the significant majority of hard-to-fill positions, accounting for 21% in total. We can see that the company ranking is dominated by large companies and organisations from the commodities and Health sectors.

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -fill positions by Job Title

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -Fill positions by Job Title

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -Fill positions by Salary.

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -Fill positions by Salary

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -Fill positions by Location

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -Fill positions by Location

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -Fill positions by Company

UK – Oct’17 Hard -to -Fill positions by Company




England maintains the total of 1% of hard-to-fill positions as a proportion of the total number of job offers in the market. The proportion of vacancies by location is similar both in terms of the global distribution of job offers and the distribution of hard-to-fill positions. The main yet subtle difference is in Birmingham, which is the third-placed city in England in terms of its total number of job offers published, but at the bottom of the top 5 in terms of its hard-to-fill positions.

England Oct ’17 – Distribution of Hard-to-Fill positions by Location

England Oct ’17 – Distribution of Hard-to-Fill positions by Location

England Oct ’17 – Distribution of total job offers by Location

England Oct ’17 – Distribution of total job offers by Location


London – Hard-to-Fill Positions in October’17

Around 24% of England’s hard-to-fill positions are concentrated in London. This percentage is significantly higher than that of the other cities that have published large numbers of job offers.  Manchester, Bristol, Leeds and Birmingham account for only 9% of England’s total number of hard-to-fill positions.

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Fun Ideas to Celebrate Christmas at the Office

This entry was posted in Articles, Working life and tagged , , on by Laia.

We are proposing eight different ideas to promote team spirit among colleagues and celebrate this time of the year.

christmas office celebration party

Image: Pixabay

The arrival of December means one thing: the arrival of Christmas. It is one of the times of year where we strengthen our relationships between our personal and professional lives. Sometimes traditions can become tired and the same activities get repeated year after year. Since this is such an important time of year, which everyone enjoys, it is important to celebrate it at the office and for everyone to take part and have a good time.

The celebrations can help to promote team spirit among colleagues and create a more cohesive company or organization. And, why not have a little fun? Work is important but productivity with increase significantly if the working atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed throughout the year, and particularly at this time of year.

We have come up with a series of ideas on how to celebrate Christmas at the office, getting away from or transforming the typical celebrations and traditions, which everyone is a little tired of. Take a risk! Have a good time with your colleagues.

        1. Decorate the office. For example, put a tree in the office and each colleague can bring their own decoration with a personal meaning or a special connection with another colleague. Help your colleagues to get to know each other better.
        2. Organize a breakfast. Forget the typical Christmas dinner and that way you can make sure that everyone in the office can attend. To make things more fun and involving, give it a theme where everyone has to come in fancy dress. If a themed party seems a bit over the top, you can always organize a picnic if there is a park or patch of grass nearby.
        3. Take a risk! Create a Christmas jumper competition and give a prize to the most original. One of the days before the Christmas holidays, all the workers who want to take part can wear their funniest Christmas jumper and people are sure to have a good laugh!
        4. Organize a Christmas photocall. The workers can take photos and to incentivize what they are doing you can organize a competition with a prize (some office stationary, a free week in the company’s canteen, etc.) All of the selfies that the employees have taken during the Christmas period can be included. Afterwards, you can print all the photos and dedicate a space in the office to hang them.
        5. Don’t forget the traditions. Organize a Secret Santa or Kris Kringle among the colleagues in the office, and provide a sheet where they can all write suggestions for their presents, if anyone is a little unsure what to get. It is also a good idea to buy a present for everybody, of the type “This is for…”. Who doesn’t like to receive a present at this time of year?

          Image: Pixabay

          Image: Pixabay

        6. Organize a Christmas dinner. Is there anything more typical? But to be more entertaining, organise a silly awards competition and get colleagues to vote for categories such as “The most…”. If this kind of competition is a bit much, don’t forget to liven up the meal with other party games. Most of all, make sure your employees don’t get bored!
        7. If your colleagues have a strong relationship and they’d like to do something different, there is always room for more original plans, such as bowling or paintball. If they want to spend more time together and create more elaborate plans, a relaxing weekend getaway is a nice idea.
        8. And, the fail-safe solution: round every plan off with karaoke!


Infographic: The French Labour Market – October 2017

This entry was posted in Employment trends, Infographics, JobisJob Data and tagged , , , , on by Laia.

Job Market Insights is a big data tool that analyses data from the different markets where Jobisjob is present and throws light on some interesting facts about the labour market. Jobisjob has carried out an overall analysis of the French market in October. The following infographic includes the most relevant issues and outlines different market trends for you in a matter of seconds.

As we can see in the graphic, in the Job boards category job, Meteojobs has the most published offers in October with more than 15% of the market share. Job Market Insights allows you to evaluate how many companies are posting and how many offers are being posted. This information can be personalised according to your preference. We can also become acquainted with which are the most important recruitment agencies on an international level, such as Adecco or Randstad and on a national level, such as Completude. We can also see the cities with the highest number of job offers.

Finally, some of the most interesting data we can access with Job Market Insights is the hard-to-fill positions, meaning those offers most demanded, but not covered by anyone. The top 3 sectors leading this category are Computing, Commerce and Industry. We can also learn about top job titles, those with the highest number of offers, which in this case would be the Hôtellerie-Restauration section, Commercial Adviser, Cook and Maintenance Technician.

These results are based on the analysis of more than 820k offers published across France and offers a privileged 360ª view of the labour market. For further in-depth information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.


Nous vous présentons une infographie avec des données extraites par notre outil Job Market Insights sur le marché du travail français au cours du mois d’octobre. Cette analyse nous permet de tirer des conclusions sur les tendances du marché et nous permet de connaître des données pertinentes, comme par exemple les localités où la plupart des offres sont concentrées géographiquement. Job Market Insights est un outil qui vous permet de personnaliser vos critères de recherche en fonction de vos intérêts et offre des résultats issus de l’analyse de toutes les informations que nous possédons, et ce grâce à la détention de plus de 85% des offres de chaque pays où nous sommes présents.

Dans le document, nous pouvons observer les plus importants sites d’emploi en France, comme par exemple Meteojob, Beepjob et Leboncoin. Il fournit également les agences de recrutement les plus puissantes sur le marché, ainsi que le nombre d’offres publiées par chacun d’entre eux.

Le document nous donne aussi des informations sur lesintitulés d’emploi les plus populaires sur le marché au cours du mois d’Octobre, avec le nombre total correspondant à chacun d’entre eux mais également la catégorie la plus intéressante et la plus pertinente à prendre en compte: les postes difficiles à pourvoir. Il Indique les secteurs de l’emploi pour lesquels les postes vacants sont les plus difficiles à combler, là où il est le plus facile de trouver du travail et là où les entreprises insistent le plus pour chercher à occuper leurs postes.

Si vous souhaitez obtenir plus d’informations sur l’outil ou sur le marché du travail français, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter!

Job Market Insights Infographics France

JobisJob Competition | Take Part in the Forum and Win an Amazon Gift Card

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The winners of our raffle are:


  • UK: Ian Durrant, who posted the following comment on the 1st of November in the martial arts forum: “I’m new to the area but hopefully getting my name about will open some doors. Time to start doing some background research and reviewing.”
  • DE, AT, FR, PL: Christian Sajovic, who posted the following comment on the 23rd of October in the gewerbe forum: “ Arbeit finden für 50+,trotz ausgezeichneten Berufserfolges-ist schwierig”
  • MX, CO, ZA: Aaron Jordan Melo Gomez , who posted the following comment on the 22nd of September in the etapa sena contabilidad forum: “Hola, tengo una opinión un poco criticada por muchos, me gustaria que publicaran empleos para personas con muy poca experiencia, es decir en algunas ofertas dicen que sin experiencia, pero al momento de asistir a la entrevista, te piden y anotan la experiencia laboral, o siempre piden minimo 1 año, mas que todo hablo por estudiantes, en mi caso, gracias.”

The JobisJob Forum is a virtual space to share experiences and answer questions. Take part and enter the competition to win a gift card



Getting a job that satisfies our needs is not an easy task, and can sometimes turn into an arduous process that fails to achieve the expected results. But, if you’ve already used the JobisJob website, you’ll know that it can be far simpler and more achievable than you imagined. We are now offering more features and have increased the chances of finding online users who have had similar experiences and want to share their experiences and tips to help everyone to achieve the professional success they are looking for. We are presenting this tool, which we are really proud of, as a virtual communication space that encourages discussion and the sharing of advice between users. The JobisJob Forum is available in the 28 countries where we currently operate and its objectives include answering questions, sharing experiences and providing information on job market trends.


In order to encourage more and more users to join this great community and ensure that its use becomes even more widespread, JobisJob is organising a competition where the winners will receive an Amazon gift card. Taking part is as simple as posting on the forum. The aim is to encourage users to learn how it works and how to use it to help them to answer all of their questions or share their personal and professional experiences. For now, the contest is being run only in certain countries, but will be available in others at a later date. The 3 competitions at present are:

-       JobisJob UK

-       JobisJob Mexico, JobisJob Colombia and JobisJob South Africa

-       JobisJob France, JobisJob Poland, JobisJob Germany and JobisJob Austria.


Users can take part as many times as they wish by commenting on the forum, provided that the comments are not repeated and are related to forum’s purpose. You can take part either by posting a comment on an already existing thread or by posting a new question or topic.  To qualify for the competition, all posts must be in line with the policies of the company and the contest rules. The more you take part, the greater your chance of winning!
The contest winner will be selected at random from all of the comments published on the www.random.org platform. The deadline for taking part ends on 13 November, and the winner will be announced 10 days after this date on the official JobisJob social networks. The winner will be contacted via email.

Infographic: The South African Labour Market – September 2017

This entry was posted in Infographics and tagged , on by Alfonso Pujalte.

JobisJob has carried out an overall analysis of the South African labour market for September 2017. We have summarised all the information in the following infographic. With Job Market Insights, our state-of-the-art Big Data Tool, we are able to answer multiple questions that will reveal the different market trends for you in a matter of seconds. Which are the top publishing job boards in the market? Which are the recruitment agencies with the highest market share of job offers? Which sectors have the most difficult vacancies to cover? Which are the cities that generate the highest number of job offers? What job titles are most in demand? All this along with other highly relevant data

This study was based on +98K job offers published across the country by major job boards and recruitment agencies. It will give you a privileged 360º view of the labour market. Making informed decisions was never so easy!

ZA Infografia Sept2017