New data has shown that jobs growth in some cities is higher than others, at a time when the UK reached its highest level of employment records began.
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Job posting website CV-Library has released new data showing that Edinburgh is the best city in the UK for jobs growth, with 79 per cent more job adverts in April 2015 compared to the same month in 2014, nearly doubling the national average growth rate of 43 per cent.
London’s job growth rate was slightly lower than the national average, at 42 per cent.
Over 22,000 job postings in April were based in London, out of a nationwide total of 134,232. With the 74 per cent jobs growth a strong increase, only 861 of the new postings were in Edinburgh.
Birmingham had both the second-highest growth rate and number of job postings on CV-Library with a 54 per cent increase to 7,886 jobs, while Manchester and Liverpool each saw an above national rise of 47 per cent in the number of postings to 5,195 and 1,541 respectively.
Lee Biggins, managing director and founder of CV-Library said: “It’s exciting to see that significant job growth is being experienced outside of London, especially at a higher rate than the national average.”
“All too often the South of the UK is seen as the hub of job opportunities, but with these recent statistics it’s encouraging to see that growth is being witnessed all over the nation.”
Birmingham has become an increasingly attractive alternative to London with high property prices in London and a range of pro-business initiatives helping the UK’s so-called second city. HSBC has said it will relocate its UK retail business to the West Midlands city over the next four years, while Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, has backed a £150m fund to boost manufacturing in the Birmingham area.
The CV-Library data also showed Edinburgh was one of the best places to be a jobseeker as they have the highest chance of success among the analysed cities. Just over 10,000 people applied for 861 jobs in April, meaning that an average of 12 people applied for each job.
Nationally, jobseekers had to fight off 15 other people applying for the same work, while the number of applicants per job rose to 23 in London, 24 in Leeds and 27 in Newcastle.
Teachers were the most sought after workers in April on the jobs website, with 3,580 job postings in education, followed by 3,489 adverts for construction workers and 1,284 for jobs in sales.
The highest salaries were for jobs in IT, which offered up to £54,000, while the highest construction jobs paid £53,000 and consulting jobs offered £51,000.
Recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that Britain’s unemployment rate fell to a six and a half year low of 5.6 per cent in the three months to February, with the number of people in work rising to 31.05 million, or 73.4 per cent of the population – both at record highs.