Analysing data from 23rd June 2016 to 30th November 2016, and comparing this with the same time periods in 2015 and 2014, the findings from CV-Library reveal that jobs have increased significantly.
In fact, vacancies have risen by 12% when compared to the same period in 2015 and 35% on 2014. Alongside this, certain cities and sectors saw above average growth when comparing year-on-year data, as outlined in the table below:
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:
“It’s extremely positive to see that the UK’s labour market has stood strong in the face of ongoing uncertainty. The summer months tend to be a quieter time in the recruitment sector but this year, July, August and September all saw particularly strong growth, with November being one of the top months for job growth nationwide. This is a nice indication that businesses are confident about growing their workforce and it is hoped that this will continue well into 2017.”
However, the findings also show that some of the UK’s key cities saw substantial drops in applications, when comparing data with 2015. In fact, Bristol (down 18%), Aberdeen (down 18%), Cardiff (down 17%) and Brighton (down 13%) saw the biggest falls, suggesting that candidate confidence was not as widespread as originally anticipated.
“The automotive, manufacturing and agriculture industries were predicted to be hit hard by a UK Brexit, given that they rely heavily on the free movement of European labour. But our findings indicate that candidates are still looking for new opportunities, providing a strong pipeline of talent for organisations to tap into and ensure that business output across the UK remains strong. And, while some cities saw drops in candidate appetite, this shouldn’t ring too many alarm bells: we often see a summer slowdown, which is likely what’s bringing the figures down, and hope that this will pick back up in the New Year.”
“The fact that organisations across the UK are continuing to offer fair and competitive salaries is reassuring to many job hunters looking for work. It is, however, uncertain how salaries will fare throughout the year ahead. Pay expectations are already weak, and as inflation moves up we can expect a period of low or negative wage growth for the squeezed middle. The implication of Brexit for employers is still unclear – particularly in terms of access to migrant labour and a dent in consumer and business confidence. What we do know is that formal negotiations will not be taking place until the early part of next year, so the nation will have to continue to sit tight and wait with bated breath.”
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