The sharp drop reflects the impact of the closure of offices and the reduction in reception services on the city’s labor market.
Many restaurants, hotels and shops in business and tourist areas remain closed or are operating at reduced capacity.
With the scarcity of vacancies in the field, Indeed said more job seekers living in London are now looking for work elsewhere. In August, the number of people looking outside London was up 27% year on year, and 30% from the start of the year.The most popular places to search were parts of the original counties, with Essex at the top of the list, followed by Kent and Surrey, suggesting people were ready to commute to work, at least at short notice. term.
The positions sought were generally lower paid, with the top five being maintenance staff, customer service representative, storekeeper, retail assistant and sales assistant.
However, job seekers may find it difficult to find work in these fields. When the website looked at the areas with the largest drop in ads, Scotland followed London with a 51% drop, but next on the list was South East England with a similar drop in size. .
Jack Kennedy, Indeed’s British economist, said the prolonged absence of commuters and tourists from central London “weighed” on the pace of job creation in the capital.
“While London’s flagship financial and tech sectors are still in the process of recruiting, the types of jobs Londoners most often seek outside London tend to be positions that were long in abundance in the capital – from commerce from retail to cleaning – but which are now rarer ”. he said.
“Most are looking for work in areas close to London. This raises the prospect of a new kind of worker: the reverse commuter who lives in London but travels out of the capital to work.
The high rents and property prices in London mean that many people previously in these central city positions could be living in boroughs close to where they are currently looking for work.
Rental agents and real estate websites have reported an increase in the number of tenants and landlords looking to move out of London, and the job market may be behind this move.
Neal Hudson, a housing market analyst, said there was evidence that people in so-called basic jobs lived in affordable boroughs, usually on the outskirts.
“There is a question of whether these people will stay where they live or seek to move closer to work (if it exists) and also whether the transport infrastructure can support these reversals in the modes of travel” , did he declare.