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Cardiff among cities facing ‘Great Resignation’ as job vacancies surge

23 May 2022 2 minute read
A busy Queen Street in Cardiff. Picture by Jon Candy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Cardiff is among the cities facing a ‘Great Resignation’ as job vacancies surge and people prefer to work from closer to home after the pandemic, a report has said.

Office of National Statistics data released last week showed that for the first time since records began there are more job vacancies than unemployed people in the UK.

According to a report published today by job market statistics company Adzuna, Cardiff is among the top five cities with the highest rate of interest in advertised jobs.

Adzuna looked at the average number of searches per job in every city in order to compile the report. The trend was very noticeable in Cardiff and also in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, they said.

Paul Lewis of Adzuna, said: “London is at the core of the Great Resignation in the UK, but our data reveals the trend is spreading out fast.

“In particular, jobs in commuter towns are seeing high interest levels driven by a renewed interest from Brits to spend more time at home.

“As offices have reopened and commutes have restarted, workers are looking for close-to-home options that will continue to give them the flexibility they got used to over the pandemic and various lockdowns, be that picking the kids up from school or simply working flexible hours.

“The return-to-office is a huge driver of the current high movement between jobs, and companies offering fully remote options, or even much publicised ‘work from anywhere’ policies, are stealing a march on the competition and coming out on top.”

Unlike the UK Government which has urged workers to return to the office where possible, the Welsh Government has urged businesses to retain the benefits of working from home after the pandemic.

“The changes to how many of us work have been a significant impact of the Coronavirus era and many of us have found that these changes work for us,” Deputy Climate change Ministre Lee Waters said in a report published in March.

“Along with other kinds of flexible working, remote working can have fair work and environmental benefits. Therefore while we recognise not all jobs can be done remotely, we still see great value in promoting more remote working across Wales.”


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hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago

So far so good, but you wait until the major developers start to back off any new projects in the city, or commercial landlords start to bleat about no takers for vacant space. Then government at local authority and in the Bay will start the knee jerk reaction that “new build is good” and will shift heaven and earth to get people back in to fill those ghastly developments. Why they all have to be in Cardiff in the first place is open to questions which will never be answered while we have a government so fixated on the S.E… Read more »

Llinos
Llinos
6 months ago

Maybe share jobs around Wales? For more equitable opportunities, Wales needs to quickly improve its wifi network. In the South it’s good along the M4 corridor as far as Abertawe. Other than that, there’s pretty poor coverage as far as I can see. Working from Home becomes non-viable when your area has speeds not much better than the dial-up connections of the 1990s. This would give more opportunities to parts of Wales which didn’t have them previously. Our bright young things may not have to desert the places they grew up to find high quality work across the border. For… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Llinos
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago

No mention of the post-brexit exodus…

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

You’re not wrong. My industry has lost loads of highly qualified highly skilled workers back to Europe. Vacancies which are proving very hard to fill from the mythical serried ranks of British workers who couldn’t find work. Seems they weren’t “takin’ are jobs” after all. Nigel Farage lied.

Last edited 6 months ago by Cynan
Ter
Ter
6 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Maybe because it’s got nothing to do with Brexit, you do realise this is happening worldwide ?. Millions have walked out in US Brexit didn’t happen there did it. Many people have been left with nothing over the lockdown and many fear they be left with nothing again if lockdown comes back. The vast majority of these jobs are low skilled, min wage what didn’t have funding. Would you work in a job where lockdown could come back and receive no money? . Maybe if the Welsh Government spent the money they receive every year from the UK Government on… Read more »

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Ter

“Nothing” eh? These shortages have been growing since the Brexit vote and the growing racism of certain vocal sections of the British public. It has EVERYTHING to do with Brexit because the Covid “great resignation” reveals that there aren’t any longer enough skilled people to fill the new roles. Also, please identify the source of your comment “the vast majority of these jobs are low skilled, min wage what (sic) didn’t have funding”. Because from all the published research I have seen, educated people are leaving these largely highly skilled jobs for equivalents which can be carried out from home… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Cynan
Jack
Jack
6 months ago

“Unlike the UK Government which has urged workers to return to the office where possible”

I feel like the effect of government messaging has been is a bit exaggerated. None of my friends in England have gone back in full time, so it isn’t that different from Wales in that regard.

Government can give guidance on this stuff but it can’t actually FORCE companies to do anything. And most companies see the benefit of hybrid working.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Department for Education have Nadhim Zahawi ranting at them to go back while senior civil servants are telling them to stay home.
During the lockdown the warm-horsed twerp noticed an unused resource so sold their desks.

Jack
Jack
6 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

That’s true in the specific case of Civil Servants who work directly for the government but the vast majority of people don’t work I jobs where the UK Government can tell them what to do. Most companies are choosing to ignore them (with good reason)

The original mark
The original mark
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Various recent reports are finding hybrid work patterns to be more beneficial for workers and businesses, just wait for the owners of all the redundant office space to really start kicking off, the tories will have legislation in place, forcing people back into offices quicker than a quick thing.

Grant
Grant
6 months ago

A typical socialist / union idea. .. Am we wonder why nothing gets done .

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