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Move with the Money: Best Cities for a Pay Rise in 2016


Millions have resolved to find a new job in 2016 and most will be looking for a pay rise to go along with it. Latest data from the UK’s largest job site, CV-Library, reveals which cities have seen the strongest salary growth in 2015, uncovering where job hunters could consider searching for a pay rise this year.

Loiners, Sheffielders and Bristolians prove to be the best off when it comes to rising wages, with these cities seeing the biggest growth in advertised salaries in 2015 when compared with 2014. For those not sure about moving to Leeds, Sheffield or Bristol, here are the other cities that made the list of biggest salary hikes in 2015:

  1. Leeds – 4.7% growth
  2. Sheffield – 4.2% growth
  3. Bristol – 3.3% growth
  4. London – 2.5% growth
  5. Southampton – 2.1% growth
  6. Edinburgh – 1.8% growth
  7. Birmingham – 1% growth
  8. Manchester – 0.6% growth
  9. Exeter – 0.5% growth
  10. Cardiff – 0.2% growth

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments:

“It’s great to see that cities across the entire nation have seen a rise in advertised salaries and that salary increases aren’t concentrated in one particular region.”

In addition, a number of sectors saw a big salary increase over the same period. Meaning job hunters could also consider a career move to one of the ten sectors that experienced the top salary growth last year:

  1. Construction – 10.2% growth
  2. Retail – 5.9% growth
  3. Media – 5.7% growth
  4. Charity – 4.2% growth
  5. Automotive – 3.7% growth
  6. Property services – 3.4% growth
  7. Consulting – 3.1% growth
  8. Legal – 3% growth
  9. Hospitality – 2.6% growth
  10. Manufacturing – 2.4% growth

Biggins concludes, “Overall this all is good news for candidates looking for their next opportunity in 2016, and it’s exciting that UK employers are able to invest more heavily in finding the right talent for their business. Pay rises are being seen across the UK and its key sectors, and this is encouraging news for 2016’s job market.”

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 10.3m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 140 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.

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