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Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol experience strongest salary growth

The latest data from CV-Library has revealed which cities have seen the strongest salary growth in 2015, uncovering where job hunters could consider searching for a pay rise this year.  


Those in Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol prove to be the best off when it comes to rising wages, with these cities seeing the biggest growth in advertised salaries in 2015 when compared with 2014. The ten cities that experienced the biggest salary growth in 2015 were:


  1. Leeds – 4.7% growth
  2. Sheffield – 4.2% growth
  3. Bristol – 3.3% growth
  4. London – 2.5% growth
  5. Southampton – 2.1% growth
  6. Edinburgh – 1.8% growth
  7. Birmingham – 1% growth
  8. Manchester – 0.6% growth
  9. Exeter – 0.5% growth
  10. Cardiff – 0.2% growth


Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “It’s great to see that cities across the entire nation have seen a rise in advertised salaries and that salary increases aren’t concentrated in one particular region.”


In addition, a number of sectors saw a big salary increase over the same period, meaning job hunters could also consider a career move to one of the ten sectors that experienced the top salary growth last year:


  1. Construction – 10.2% growth
  2. Retail – 5.9% growth
  3. Media – 5.7% growth
  4. Charity – 4.2% growth
  5. Automotive – 3.7% growth
  6. Property services – 3.4% growth
  7. Consulting – 3.1% growth
  8. Legal – 3% growth
  9. Hospitality – 2.6% growth
  10. Manufacturing – 2.4% growth


Biggins concluded, “Overall this all is good news for candidates looking for their next opportunity in 2016, and it’s exciting that UK employers are able to invest more heavily in finding the right talent for their business. Pay rises are being seen across the UK and its key sectors, and this is encouraging news for 2016’s job market.”



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