Reed Job Index



Mar 2017

+4.5% (Mar 2016: 290) 2016 average: 285

What is the Job Index?

Reed Job Index as featured in

Q1 2017 figures: UK jobs market not deterred by Article 50 - Growth continuing and confidence on the up


The latest data from shows that the number of jobs advertised in the first quarter of 2017 rose 10% on the same period last year. In March alone, there were 250,000 jobs posted to, an annual increase of 17%.

Overall, the Reed Job Index stands at 303 for March, down one point from February’s record high.


According to the figures, Health & Medicine and Engineering are amongst the sectors driving this annual growth, rising by 29% and 20% for the quarter respectively, compared to the same period last year.

For March, Purchasing (up 23%) and Manufacturing (up 20%) were among the sectors experiencing significant year-on-year rises, an encouraging sign that the UK economy remains robust as we move into negotiations with the EU.


Overall, the regional picture for Q1 was positive, with all regions enjoying a year-on-year rise in jobs advertised. For March as well, all regions saw an uplift on the same month last year, with the exception of the South East, which had an annual decline of 3%.

National Job Index in the last 12 months

Mar 2017: Top 5 sectors YOY

1. Apprenticeships


2. Health & Medicine


3. Purchasing


4. Manufacturing


5. Charity & Voluntary


Mar 2017: Top 5 regions YOY

1. Northern Ireland


2. Wales


3. London


4. East Anglia


5. North East England

About the Reed Job Index

Whether you're looking for staff or looking for a job, it pays to keep up-to-date with what's happening in your industry and in your region.

What is the Reed Job Index?

The Reed Job Index tracks the number of new job opportunities on offer compared to the previous month and against a baseline of 100 set in December 2009. Data is analysed across every major industry sector and UK region and trends highlighted in a monthly report.

How is the data gathered?

Data for the index is compiled from, the UK's largest job board, which every day lists over 200,000 job opportunities from 12,000 recruiters across 34 career sectors throughout the UK.

When is the data released?

Reed Job Index figures are released at the start of each month and give an accurate and timely snapshot of the UK's job market. The Reed Job Index has quickly become a respected measure of the state of the UK's job market, being widely reported across the national news media.

What's included in the Reed Job Index?
Reed Job Index

Tracks the number of new job opportunities and salaries on offer compared to the previous month and against a baseline of 100 set in December 2009

Job Index

The number of online job vacancies and jobseeker activity on in that month

Job Index by Sector

National Job Index figure segmented into 34 sectors

Job Index by Region

National Job Index figure divided into 12 regions across the UK