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Job vacancies drop by 31,000 over month after referendum impact, says report

Published 27/09/2016

Advertised vacancies were just over 1.1 million in August, 31,000 fewer than in July, said jobs site Adzuna
Advertised vacancies were just over 1.1 million in August, 31,000 fewer than in July, said jobs site Adzuna

Job vacancies fell last month as the impact of the EU referendum sparked a hiring "lull", a report shows.

Jobs site Adzuna said advertised vacancies were just over 1.1 million in August, 31,000 fewer than the previous month.

The post-Brexit summer of uncertainty was one of the reasons for the "blip."

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: "Jobseekers looking to move into a new role are facing a slightly slimmer array of options.

"Hiring has certainly not ground to a halt as many predicted after Brexit, however, with more than a million openings on the market.

"This is a seasonal suspension, not a long-term lull. Working options provided by the gig economy are growing in popularity, while skilled workers in shortage areas like tech and engineering are hot property."

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