Covid-19 has shaken and divided our economy, with some industry sectors decimated by three national lockdowns in short succession while others have flourished and experienced unprecedented growth. The pandemic, together with Brexit and numerous other challenges, has understandably had a direct impact on jobs. In 2020 and early 2021, there were far fewer vacancies being advertised and significantly more people unemployed … but this is changing!
The good news is that things are definitely looking up for job-seekers in Oxfordshire and London. The success of the UK-wide vaccination programme and the gradual relaxation of restrictions, has generated a real air of optimism and a renewed sense of confidence among employers. This is reflected in the steady increase in the number of vacancies that we are being asked to fill, particularly in Oxford and Oxfordshire's market towns, including Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Wallingford, Wantage and Whitney. There are encouraging signs that the market in central and greater London is picking up too.