The Cotswolds has seen the number of local job vacancies plummet due to the coronavirus crisis, new figures suggest.

That is according to the Institute for Employment Studies, which collected data from Adzuna – one of the UK’s largest online job search engines.

There were 499 job vacancies in Cotswold on June 14 – 51 percent fewer than on March 15, the date the IES used as the benchmark for pre-crisis vacancy levels.

The figure was also 64 percent lower than at the same time a year previously.

The think tank also compared the vacancy data to Office for National Statistics figures on the number of people claiming work-related benefits, such as Jobseekers Allowance and some forms of Universal Credit.

It found there were around six claimants per vacancy in Cotswold in May, up from one in March, although the ONS has cautioned that changes to Universal Credit due to the virus mean more people could get help while still being employed.