Belfast Telegraph

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

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."