Covid-19 and the job market

Covid-19 and the job market

The latest labor market updates across Europe and North America


Here are a selection of the latest insights, for country-specific insights follow the flag links at the bottom of the page:

15 June – market recovery on the horizon?

  • Following a sustained low period through April and the first half of May, we’re starting to see an increase in job postings across all tracked markets.
  • Austria, Canada and Germany lead in terms of relative job postings around the 80% mark. They are followed closely by Belgium, The Netherlands and France around the 70% mark. The United States and Spain follow around the 55% mark, while the United Kingdom lags behind at the 32% mark.
  • After falling to just 22% of job postings (compared to postings at the beginning of the year) the UK has seen a significant week-on-week increase to 32%. Despite this it remains far behind all other tracked markets which all have job posting levels above 50%.
  • Austria has seen the highest level of recovery, spiking to 94% of job postings in the week of 25 May (compared to postings at the beginning of the year), before settling at 85% in the week of 1 June.

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Jobs posted per week

This graph shows the relative number of jobs posted per week between January 2020 and June 2020.

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The data comes from Jobfeed, the searchable job database by Textkernel, that collects and categorizes all online jobs to provide insights into the labor market.


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28 April:

  • France has seen a small uptick (up to 48% of relative posting activity, from 41.8%)
  • The UK has continued to see a decline in Job postings, overtaking Spain as the worst-hit country, relative to 1st week of January posting levels


17 April:

  • UK job postings by Direct Employers and Agencies have dropped by more than 55% since the beginning of the Q1 2020, remaining at this low level for most of March.
  • Spain is the hardest-hit of all countries covered by Jobfeed, experiencing 70% fewer jobs posted since the start of the year.


8 April:

  • Direct Employer jobs in the US have dropped by 38.2% from a yearly high of 2,193,433 in mid-January, to 1,355,411 in the final week of March
  • French staffing agency jobs dropped significantly in the week of 16 March, by 40% to 165,512, and have not recovered in the 3 weeks since.

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