Only 11% of workers who are on furlough or not working are urgently seeking a job1, even as the Job Retention Scheme is due to end in just over a month’s time, according to new research from the world’s largest job site Indeed.
The labour market has rebounded strongly since the end of lockdown, with the unemployment rate falling to 4.7%2 and job postings surging past pre-pandemic levels.
At the same time, employers across a range of sectors are struggling to fill vacancies.
Indeed’s research suggests a lack of urgency among jobseekers to find a new role, even if they are unemployed or still on furlough, may be contributing to these challenges.
Overall, just 7% of all workers surveyed, including those working full or part-time, said they were urgently seeking a new role, rising to 11% among those on furlough or unemployed.
In total, two-fifths (41%) of those still on furlough are not searching for a new job, along with over half (56%) of those not currently in work.