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UK Sees Standout Job Growth in September


The UK saw a standout 9.8% growth in vacancies last month, suggesting that the labour market is remaining strong in the face of a potential Brexit backlash. This is according to the latest data from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, which compared its job market data from September 2016 to data from August 2016.

Key sectors for job growth during this period were witnessed in the retail (11.6%), legal (11.3%) and agriculture (10.2%) industries, signifying that many businesses are maintaining their recruitment efforts despite economic uncertainty. In addition, some major UK cities saw above-average growth, providing further confirmation of a thriving job market:

Job Growth – Top 10 Cities – September 2016 vs. August 2016

  1. Glasgow – 41.4%
  2. Sheffield – 34.4%
  3. Brighton – 32.5%
  4. Cardiff – 29.7%
  5. Manchester – 25.4%
  6. Birmingham – 22.6%
  7. Hull – 21.9%
  8. Leeds – 13.4%
  9. Edinburgh – 7.6%
  10. Liverpool – 6.7%

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

“It’s great to see that business confidence is high, especially given ongoing uncertainty across the UK. September is always a busier month for recruitment, as many businesses get back into the swing of things post-summer and it’s clear that organisations are determined to  keep the economy moving by taking on more talent. Job hunters should act fast to take advantage of such solid career opportunities, especially as the labour market looks set to pick up the pace in the remaining part of the year.”

According to the data, applications were also up last month, rising by 10% month-on-month. This is great news for businesses across the nation, as applications are meeting demand. Alongside this, companies are clearly trying to entice workers with the best offerings, as average advertised salaries in the UK now stand at £32,253; a 2% increase on September 2015, with the highest increases witnessed in Wales (5.8%) and Scotland (4.9%).

Biggins continues:

“In order to remain competitive and attract great talent, businesses are recognising the need to offer fair salaries and not allow pay to stagnate as we navigate our way through unpredictable times post-Brexit. It’s clearly paying off, as applications are keeping pace with business demand, providing reassurance to candidates and putting many organisations in a positive position as we approach the run-up to Christmas.”

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m 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 200 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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