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Increased job opportunities ease competition

Filed under: Recruitment General — Jonathan on July 24, 2013

Statistics just posted by the Total Jobs website Barometer revealed that there has been a 12 per cent year on year increase on advertised jobs in the UK. The increase in vacancies has resulted in less job competition, with 16 applicants per job. That number stood at 18 early in the year. Therefore, if you’re applying for cyber security jobs or other positions in your relevant field, you will stand an increased chance of landing the role, according to these findings.

The Barometer monitors 5,000 employers and 4.8m job seekers every month, with its statistics coming three months before those reported by ONS regarding unemployment.

However, numbers in the capital were shown to be less than positive, with a five per cent fall in advertised jobs when compared to last year. London is among the hardest areas to land a job, with 23 applicants per job. In both the South West and East Anglia, that number stands at just nine.

The Total Jobs website director, John Salt, said:

“The fact that employment opportunities have increased since last year is bound to contribute to cautious confidence amongst job seekers and employers, and it is this cautious confidence that should encourage the growth and investment that this country needs.”

Education has seen great changes in the last year, with an 82 per cent rise compared to the same point in 2012. Other public sector areas have also experienced impressive growth, including nursing and health, with a 69 per cent rise in openings compared to the second quarter last year.

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