The UK job market continued to strengthen throughout November, with job growth increasing by 13.6% year-on-year and 3.2% month-on-month, according to new research.
Many cities, including Sheffield, Southampton and Glasgow, have seen above-average, job growth in November this year when compared with data in November 2015, revealed the latest data from CV-Library.
Southampton and Glasgow saw a large increase in job growth rates of 23.1% and 18.4% respectively, while Sheffield saw the biggest rise of 28.5%.
The figures suggests that businesses across the country remain determined to thrive despite there being ongoing uncertainty as a result of various economic factors in 2016.
Particular industry sectors, including Hospitality (26.8%) and Military/Emergency (31.3%) saw large increases for job growth, whilst Autmotive and Manufacturing sectors came out on top with 37.3% and 37.7%.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “It's great to see that the nation as a whole has experienced strong job growth in November, and that businesses are remaining confident in the run up to Christmas. It’s a busy time of year, and therefore not entirely surprising that jobs have risen, as organisations look for staff to work over the festive period.
“It’s also apparent that some of the savvier employers are choosing to advertise their vacancies well ahead of the January rush, in a bid to boost their chances against competitors as candidates begin looking for opportunities in the New Year. This abundance of vacancies is great news for eager job hunters, who have plenty of opportunities to tap into when they’re ready to look for a new role.”
However, while jobs were on the up during this period, application rates actually dropped by 4.5% when comparing month-on-month data. While this might be perceived negatively, it’s actually very common for this time of year, said the online job site.
Furthermore, candidate registrations were up by 4.5%, compared to the previous month, suggesting that job hunter appetite has not disappeared and many are sitting tight until the New Year.
Alongside this, salaries also dropped by 3.2% compared to 2015, which is likely due to ongoing economic uncertainty, especially as we approach the end of the year. The biggest drops were seen in sectors such as Construction (-22.9%) and Agriculture (-16.7%) and cities such as Leeds (-7.2%) and Portsmouth (-5.2%).
Mr. Biggins added: “It’s not surprising that applications have dropped at this time of year, but the increase in registrations suggests that candidates are holding out for future opportunities. The New Year may have candidates searching for new roles, and though it can be difficult in uncertain times, businesses will have to offer the best possible salaries or workplace perks if they hope to remain competitive and continue to attract talented recruits.”