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UK Job Market Maintains Strong Position Despite Recent Slip in Vacancies


Despite the UK job market experiencing a slight drop in vacancies in February 2016, CV-Library, the UK’s largest job site, is urging the market not to panic or to attribute this decline to fears of a Brexit.

The job site reported a 5% month-on-month decline in job vacancies this February. Despite concerns being raised that a potential Brexit is paralyzing the market, CV-Library reassures the nation that the decline in vacancies is normal. The decline follows a surge in hiring that took place in January, which reported a 43.8% growth in vacancies when compared with the previous month.

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

“It’s typical to see a drop in vacancies in February – UK businesses always ramp up hiring in January following the slow-down over Christmas. It’s not realistic to expect the market to maintain that pace of growth, and we often anticipate the numbers taking a slight dip in February. This isn’t something the nation should be worried about; in fact we’re seeing the labour market in a stronger position this year than last.”

This February the job site reported an 18.6% rise of vacancies year-on-year, and candidate interest maintained pace with a 20.3% increase in applications during the same period. The good news continues as job growth can be seen across the nation’s major cities and in key UK sectors:

Job Growth – Top 10 Cities

  1. Liverpool: 38.5%
  2. Edinburgh: 36.8%
  3. Hull: 35.6%
  4. Cardiff: 30%
  5. Leeds: 23.5%
  6. Manchester: 21.7%
  7. London: 20.8%
  8. Glasgow: 14.1%
  9. Birmingham: 12.7%
  10. Southampton: 12.5%

Job Growth – Top 10 Sectors

  1. Education: 37.8%
  2. Distribution: 32.6%
  3. Management: 32.6%
  4. Property Services: 32.3%
  5. Agriculture: 30.6%
  6. Customer Services: 29.9%
  7. Construction: 25.6%
  8. Administration: 25.2%
  9. Marketing: 20.1%
  10. Electronics: 17.5%

Biggins concludes:It’s easy to attribute minor shifts in the labour market to wider social and political issues, but by looking at the data through an objective lens, it’s clear that alarms are being raised unnecessarily. While the EU referendum does bring a wealth of questions – such as worries about further skills shortages – it’s still early days and there’s no reason to suggest that the UK is experiencing a hiring freeze as a result.

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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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