The number of job vacancies in the UK has increased as compared to the pre-pandemic period, new data reveals.

The Office for National Statistics stated that there were 862,000 jobs on offer between April and June, 77,500 higher than the first three months of 2020.

They said the increase was driven by vacancies in hospitality and retailing a It increased by 356,000 in June to 28.9 million.

There was an increase in payrolls in food and accommodation sectors as more people returned to work, following a further ease of Covid-19 restrictions in England during May that allowed the hospitality industry to reopen.

Some regions of the UK saw payroll numbers increase when compared to the rate noticed before Covid-19 forced the country into lockdown, these regions include the North East, the North West, the East Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Director of economic statistics at the ONS, Darren Morgan said, “the labour market is continuing to recover, with the number of employees on payroll up again strongly in June.”

“However, it is still over 200,000 down on pre-pandemic levels, while a large number of workers remain on furlough.”

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