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Arts and graphic design sees over 40% job growth YoY

The UK labour market experienced a 15.1% growth in job vacancies in Q1 2016 YoY, despite economic concerns surrounding the EU referendum, a wavering steel industry and a weakened sterling. The news comes from CV-Library, which compared its job site data from Q1 2016 to data from Q1 2015.

 

Further confirming the strength of the labour market, CV-Library says job growth can be seen in a number of key sectors and across the UK, suggesting growth is not limited to one region or industry. The sectors and cities to experience the strongest job growth in Q1 2016 include:

 

Sector

Job Growth

 

City

Job Growth

Arts / graphic design

43.1%

 

Liverpool

34.8%

Social care

36.9%

 

Edinburgh

25.4%

Education

35.3%

 

Cardiff

22.9%

Legal

33.6%

 

London

16.6%

Public sector

33%

 

Hull

16.5%

Catering

26.9%

 

Manchester

16.1%

Customer services

23.2%

 

Leeds

15.6%

Distribution

23.1%

 

Birmingham

11.8%

Marketing

21%

 

Southampton

11.2%

Construction

20.9%

 

Bristol

9.1%

 

Furthermore, the job site reported a healthy increase in job applications with each vacancy now receiving over 19 applications as rates increased by 16.4% year-on-year. This means application growth is now outpacing job growth – good news for employers currently grappling with skills shortages, who now have more candidates to choose from during the recruitment process.

 

 

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “The recruitment industry is often the first to feel the effects of economic fallout, so it’s reassuring to see the labour market remain strong during a shaky economic climate. Employers are left with many unanswered questions about how a Brexit would impact the labour market, and what the government will do to support struggling sectors; yet job growth is steady, suggesting that UK businesses are in a strong position and continue to create jobs for the UK economy.”

 

In addition, Q1 2016 showed 3.9% growth in advertised salaries when compared with the same period in 2015; meaning the average wage has jumped from £31,710 to £32,938.

 

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