The usual trend for this data is a January jump in posts, followed by a fairly steady, slow decline throughout the year. This year was no different up until a few weeks after the pandemic was officially declared on March 11.
Posts with links to job ads dropped by 30% in the week of April 5. Prior to this, the average week-on-week change was -3%. This was the same week the US became the first country to record 2,000 deaths in a single day, and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into intensive care with the virus.
The drop didn’t last long though, with the number of posts rising the following week. Since then, the number has increased on average by 3% week-on-week. Posts have levelled out recently, but continue to buck the usual downward seasonal trend.
Posts creeping upwards tells us that, despite Covid-19’s economic fallout so far, there are still plenty of companies looking to increase their workforce. It could also show that more people are sharing jobs to help out friends who have lost work. Looking at the trending keywords in the social data, these new post-Covid-19 roles tend to fall within the tech and healthcare sectors.
This is a tough time for recruiters. The nature of work has changed. Offices are closed and many more people work from home than before, while potential employees will have strong concerns about health and safety, particularly if their job involves dealing with the public.
We can see signs of a shift in job expectations by looking at two job-related searches.