New data from Hampshire-based CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals that now is a good time for employers to focus on their hiring efforts, as applications to new jobs have risen significantly by 9.3% year-on-year.
The findings, which analysed job market data from May 2019 with the same period in 2018, found that these were the top 10 cities that saw the biggest jump in applications to new roles, making them the best places for finding candidates:
1. Bristol – 28% increase in applications
2. Leicester – 26.1% increase
3. London – 15%
4. Manchester – 11.3%
5. Birmingham – 10.4%
6. Cardiff – 8.8%
7. Portsmouth – 6%
8. Southampton – 3.9%
9. Edinburgh – 2.9%
10. Glasgow – 1.3%
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library commented: “Candidates remain undeterred by political upheaval in the UK and have been busy with applying to newly advertised roles in a number of key locations across the country.
“While many of us assume that the job market quietens down in the summer months, this could actually be the best time to start your candidate search. Our data shows that the job market is continuing to grow year-on-year. With Britain due to leave the EU on October 31, now’s the time to get ahead of the game and find highly-skilled candidates to plug the skills gap left by the reduced amount of EU migrants.”
May’s bank holidays and the school half-term haven’t stopped the UK’s professionals from reacting to increased salaries and advertised job roles, either – with the amount of jobs advertised last month growing by 3.7% and salaries surging by 4.1%.
Biggins added: “As the data shows, increases in job vacancies and salary offerings have led to a surge in candidate applications. With the country at almost full employment, it’s fantastic to see that the job market is continuing to grow.”