However, when comparing the number of job postings across all industries to the first full week of lockdown in March 2020, the postings were up by 91.8%.
Lee Biggins, founder and chief executive of CV-Library, commented: “Starting 2021 in another full lockdown, and off the back of a year spent mainly under restrictions, many feared this would be a tipping point for the UK job market.
“The impact of Covid-19 is still clear to see within the individual sectors, but the overall initial impact of this third lockdown appears to be the least damaging, proving that we learning to navigate and adapt in these unprecedented times.
“January is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the job market and we must acknowledge this seasonal boost. However, in January 2020 the economy was stable and the world hadn’t been impacted by the pandemic.”
CV Library said the most revealing data lies in the year-on-year comparison with weekly job postings down just 10.7%.