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Rise in job opportunities for graduates and trainees, new stats reveal

The increase in job opportunities has triggered a fall in competition, with the number of applications per job falling by 22% compared to the same period last year.

Scotland and the East Midlands and are beating the national average increase in graduate and trainee opportunities with a rise of 32% and 29% respectively. Wales is not far behind, with an increase of 19% in opportunities within the sector compared to the same period last year.

Mike Fetters, graduate director at totaljobs.com, said, “It’s encouraging to see that there are more vacancies available for graduates and other people looking for entry level roles. It looks like things are really starting to look up for young people, who were hit hard by the recession.

“Once someone has their foot in the door after securing that all important first role, it becomes much easier to progress in the workplace. I’m confident that we’ll continue to see an increase in job opportunities as we move into an economic upturn.”

The UK as a whole has seen a healthy 8% increase in jobs compared to last year. Other sectors that have grown include education (22%) and property (19%). Conversely, jobs in catering and hospitality have fallen by 10%, whilst travel, leisure and tourism jobs are down by 22%.

Competition has increased in other industries. The oil, gas and alternative energy sector saw a rise in applications per job of 24%. Opportunities for jobs in the public sector remained competitive, with applications per jobs rising by 9%.

The totaljobs.com Barometer follows over 4.8 million jobseekers and over 2.2 million applications each month.

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