By Lauren Davidson via Telegraph
The UK has reached its highest level of employment since records began almost 45 years ago, but some cities are doing better than others, according to new data from the jobs posting website CV-Library.
Edinburgh is the best city in the UK for jobs growth, posting 79pc more job adverts in April 2015 than in the same month last year. That rate is almost twice as high as the national average, which saw a growth rate of 43pc.London’s growth rate was slightly below average, at 42pc – unsurprising, perhaps, given that the capital had more jobs in the first place.•
Forget London: these are the best UK cities for tech jobs• Only one city in the world is better than London for young people to live Almost 22,500 job postings in April were based in London, out of a nationwide total of 134,232. Despite its strong increase, just 861 were in Edinburgh.
Birmingham had the second-highest growth rate and number of job postings on CV-Library with a 54pc increase to 7,886 jobs, while Manchester and Liverpool each saw a 47pc increase in the number of adverts to 5,195 and 1,541 respectively.“It’s exciting to see that significant job growth is being experienced outside of London, especially at a higher rate than the national average,” said Lee Biggins, managing director and founder of CV-Library.
“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.
”High property prices in London and a range of pro-business initiatives in Birmingham have helped the UK’s so-called second city become an increasingly attractive alternative to London.
Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, has backed a £150m fund to boost manufacturing in the Birmingham area, while HSBC has said it will relocate its UK retail business to the West Midlands city over the next four years.The CV-Library data showed Edinburgh, home to the headquarters of both RBS and Lloyds, also to be one of the best places for jobseekers, with 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.
Nationwide, 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 CV-Library, with 3,580 job postings in education, followed by 3,489 adverts for construction workers and 1,284 for jobs in sales.However, the highest salaries were in IT, which offered up to £54,000, while construction jobs paid £53,000 and consulting jobs offered £51,000.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last month showed that Britain’s unemployment rate fell to a six-and-a-half-year-low of 5.6pc in the three months to February, with the number of people in work rising to 31.05m, or 73.4pc of the population – both at record highs since records began in 1971.
Around 4.3m Londoners over the age of 16 were in employment in the December to February quarter, according to the ONS, almost 3pc higher than the same period in the previous year. This represents an employment rate in the capital of 63.8pc. Highest employment rate on record. Employment is bedrock of economic security.
CV-Library is the UK’s largest independent jobs board, with 8.7m registered job seekers. More than 16m job searches are made every month and the website has 122,000 job postings at any one time.These results echo the latest Tech Cities Job Watch Report from the recruitment firm Experis, which found that while seven in 10 advertised jobs in technology are based in London, several other cities are experiencing higher growth rates of new job postings.