HR · 5 April 2017

Job vacancies rising in key UK cities as business confidence grows

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The number of job vacancies advertised in Britain grew by 14.7 per cent in March
Confidence among small business owners appears to be growing throughoutbritain, as new data revealed a significant rise in job vacancies in the last month.

Job market analysis for March 2017 by job site CV Library showed a 14.7 per cent increase in advertised roles than the previous month. The figures suggested that workforce expansion has become a priority for business leaders in many UK cities.

it’s great to see that business confidence is keeping strong, said CV Library founder Lee Biggins, especially in some of the UK’s key cities such as Liverpool, Brighton and Birmingham.

Biggins confirmed that figures represented good news? for workers seeking new opportunities, but warned employers could face a battle to fill roles with qualified candidates. Applications increased by just 4.6 per cent in the same period.

applications are not keeping pace with vacancies, and while it’s still positive to see that candidates are remaining active, we hope this number will pick back up in the months to come, he added.

The catering and hospitality industries’saw the greatest increase in job vacancies. Business owners in these two sectors advertised for a third more roles in March than the previous month.

The following table demonstrates which UK cities saw the largest growth in job vacancies in March 2017.

  1. Liverpool?(19.9 per cent)
  2. Brighton?(18.8 per cent)
  3. Birmingham?(14.8 per cent)
  4. Sheffield?(13.7 per cent)
  5. Leeds?(13 per cent)
  6. Manchester?(12.8 per cent)
  7. Bristol?(12.5 per cent)
  8. London?(12 per cent)?
  9. Glasgow?(11.2 per cent)
  10. Cardiff?(11 per cent)



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