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The top cities and sectors for UK job growth

CV-Library has revealed the top ten breakdowns of the cities and sectors leading the way for UK job growth as a hiring surge takes place ahead of Christmas.
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According to the results, there was a 13.6 per cent year-on-year UK job growth in November 2016. CV-Library commended the companies in the midst of the recruitment drive, particularly as the country remains in the midst of economic uncertainty.

But with the uncertainty in mind, salaries fell by 3.2 per cent year-on-year. On a sector basis, construction and agriculture had the largest declines with 22.9 per cent and 16.7 per cent respectively. Meanwhile, Leeds and Portsmouth were the cities with largest falls of 7.2 per cent and 5.2 per cent.

As well as the annual rise, UK job growth was also seen month-on-month too, with a 3.2 per cent rise in November on October. Despite this, application rates fell by 4.5 per cent month-on-month, which is attributed to a propensity to apply for roles in the New Year.

In terms of location, making its mark for the Northern Powerhouse, Sheffield led the way forward for UK job growth with a 28.5 per cent rise. It was followed by 23.1 per cent for Southampton, while Scotland also showed its strength as Glasgow and Edinburgh both secured an 18.4 per cent increase.

Elsewhere, manufacturing was number one for UK job growth sectors with a 37.7 per cent spike, followed by automotive in second with 37.3 per cent.

The top cities and sectors for UK job growth are:

Top cities for UK job growth

Top sectors for UK job growth

1. Sheffield  –  28.5%

1. Manufacturing  –  37.7%

2. Southampton  –  23.1%

2. Automotive  –  37.3%

3. Glasgow  –  18.4%

3. Military/Emergency  –  31.3%

4. Edinburgh  –  18.4%

4. Hospitality  –  26.8%

5. Birmingham  –  18.1%

5. Legal  –  21.7%

6. Portsmouth  –  17.3%

6. Customer Services  –  20.9%

7. Manchester  –  14.3%

7. Construction  –  19.6%

8. Leeds  –  14.3%

8. Public Sector  –  18.4%

9. London  –  12.9%

9. Catering  –  17.9%

10. Liverpool  –  10.3%

10. Marketing  –  17.7%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “It’s great to see that the nation as a whole has experienced strong job growth in November, and that businesses are remaining confident in the run up to Christmas.

It’s a busy time of year, and therefore not entirely surprising that jobs have risen, as organisations look for staff to work over the festive period. It’s also apparent that some of the savvier employers are choosing to advertise their vacancies well ahead of the January rush, in a bid to boost their chances against competitors as candidates begin looking for opportunities in the New Year.

“This abundance of vacancies is great news for eager job hunters, who have plenty of opportunities to tap into when they’re ready to look for a new role.”

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