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Best and worst industries for job hunters in 2017

London jobs market improves after six months of downturn

CV-Library analysed the average number of jobs in the UK’s key sectors in 2016. Jobseekers in the engineering, retail, and recruitment industries may struggle, as these industries had the lowest increase in available jobs with engineering up just 5% retail up 3%, and recruitment up 8%.

  1. Retail – 3%
  2. Engineering – 5%
  3. Recruitment – 8%
  4. IT – 11%
  5. Sales – 12%
  6. Accounting/Finance – 12%
  7. Electronics – 16%
  8. Administration – 17%
  9. Property – 19%
  10. Customer Services – 20%

At the top of the charts as the best industries to work for were design, leisure and tourism and catering.

Design jobs were up 43%, leisure and tourism jobs were up 33% and catering was also up 33%.

  1. Design – 43%
  2. Leisure/Tourism – 33%
  3. Catering – 33%
  4. Legal – 32%
  5. Agriculture – 32%
  6. Automotive – 2%
  7. Social Care – 27%
  8. Manufacturing – 26%
  9. Marketing – 25%
  10. Education – 25%

Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, said: “It’s great to see the job markets in these key UK industries performing so well, and its particularly good news for candidates who are looking for work this January.

“Applications are up, and this figure will inevitably rise this month as candidates embark on a fresh start in their careers. These sectors are some of the UK’s core industries and key drivers behind our economy, so it’s fantastic that there are some great job opportunities for candidates this New Year.”

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