The number of job vacancies in the UK has increased in recent weeks, and there are nearly two million jobs available now.

Some industries are facing serious shortages, with more than 100,000 truck drivers missing from the transportation sector alone.

Prospective employees are offered wages of up to twice the regular salary just to encourage more people to change their careers.

The problem was caused by the UK’s exit from the European Union, the shortage of foreign workers and the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a study by the Employment and Employment Consortium (REC), teachers, care workers, cooks and cleaners are the most sought after jobs with tens of thousands of jobs available.

Job Recovery Tracker app monitors the number of jobs posted since January 2020.

It shows that after the sharp increase in September, these numbers are now much higher than ever.

In all, 1903,045 jobs were created in the week of September 13-19, compared to 1,795,856 in the previous week.

Here are the number of new job vacancies posted in the UK in just one week from 13 to 19 September, according to the Employment and Employment Consortium (REC):

  • Guardians: 55,019
  • Chefs: 0.36471
  • Primary school teachers: 32942
  • Locks: 22956
  • Detergent: 28220
  • Truck drivers: 7513
  • Number of new employees: 6557
  • Sellers: 32615
  • School office: 2678
  • Postal workers: 2251

The largest increase in vacancies was in Wales and Northern Ireland, while London has not seen such a large increase.

REC CEO Neil Carbury said that while the large number of new jobs was “good news”, he cautioned that “there is now a real chance that a shortage of available labor will slow the economy’s recovery.”

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He added, “A recent survey by the Enterprise Center for Employers found that three out of five have 30% more vacancies than usual, with 97% saying it takes longer to fill.”

“Manpower shortages and the resulting hiring difficulties constrain the economy by limiting production growth and innovation, so it is important that we address them quickly,” Neil Carbury concluded.