Data from job listing site Indeed has found that the number of job postings per million that mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for candidates has gone up 34% during the first week of August compared to the first week of July.
Additionally, the portion of roles requiring job-seekers to be vaccinated in general is up by 90% month-over-month. This generalization has to do with the fact that the Covid-19 vaccine is new and employers have not yet standardized the language they use when including vaccination mandates in their job descriptions.
AnnElizabeth Konkel, economist and report author at Indeed Hiring Lab, said that while Covid-19 might not be specified in vaccination requirements within job descriptions, most people know it is implied.
At the moment, the amount of open roles that require vaccination remains relatively low and represents less than 1% of job listings on Indeed. Still, the numbers have doubled the amount sought in early July.
“We’re watching to see if it takes off going into the fall and winter months,” said Konkel.
Another interesting observation from Indeed’s data is that industries with roles that can be done remotely, such as software development, marketing, education and sales, are seeing the biggest spike in vaccine requirements.
For instance, only 3.5 software developer jobs per million postings required vaccination as of February 2021. However, this grew by over 10,000% to 438 per million job postings by July 2021.