Jobs in sectors like Science and Healthcare could be sitting open on the jobs market for months as the UK talent crunch increases and employers struggle for skilled applicants, according to new research by job search engine Adzuna.

A study, conducted in May 2017, analysed the proportion of advertised jobs lying unfilled after 90 days, with the aim on analysing the talent crunch currently gripping some of the UK’s regions, cities and sectors.

Positions unfilled after 90 days in London

21.2% of Science & QA jobs currently on the market remain unfilled on after 90 days

9.5% of Healthcare & Nursing vacancies on the market remain unfilled on after 90 days.

The talent crunch is hitting some cities particularly hard.

Positions unfilled after 90 days by city

  • Cambridge – 6.3%
  • Brighton – 6.2%
  • Middlesbrough – 6.31%
  • London – 5.5%
  • Eastern England – 4.9%
  • The North East – 4.9%
  • The South East -4.8%

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said:

“Some areas of the jobs market have clearly fallen victim to a talent shortage – which has only been worsened by Brexit uncertainty. A vacancy lying open for three months or more means a job needed but not done – an employer’s nightmare – seriously dampening prospects for our STEM hubs like Cambridge. Never has it been more important to focus on up-skilling home-grown talent for our shortage sectors. Reassuring overseas talent about their long-term prospects in the UK would also take some of the pressure off these struggling areas.”

Graduates are one group who can benefit from the talent drought.

7.4% of grad vacancies remain unfilled after 90 days – making it one of the Top 5 sectors struggling most for staff – suggesting students graduating this summer will be in an advantageous position when looking for work.

Most sought after positions

  • Flexibility tops the jobseekers’ wish list
  • Part-time positions are currently the most sought-after, (0.2% of roles remaining unfilled after 90 days)


Shara has been active in the scientific community for over 30 years. She started as a member of the British Association of Young Scientists at the age of 15, obtained her first science degree at 21 and her Immunology PhD at 25. She has been a research scientist and lecturer in prestigious institutions around the world [including Addenbrookes' Hospital (Cambridge), The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (London), The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York) and The Royal Postgraduate Medical School (London)]. Shara left mainstream in 2001 research to follow her passion of science communication and established Euroscicon Ltd in 2001 and Mums in Science in 2005

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