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Birmingham businesses see almost 20% growth in job applications YoY, finds CV-Library

Birmingham’s businesses experienced a 19.5% growth in job applications in May, despite the economic uncertainty surrounding the UK as it prepares for a potential Brexit later this month.


The news comes from CV-Library, which compared its job market data from May 2016 to data from May 2015.


Confirming the increasing depths of Birmingham’s talent pool, growth in applications can be seen across a number of the city’s key industries, suggesting that the increase in applicants is not limited to just one particular sector, CV-Library says. The industries to experience the strongest increase in applications in May 2016 include:


  1. Hospitality – 100.8% growth
  2. Legal – 91.5% growth
  3. Catering – 77.1% growth
  4. Electronics – 73.2% growth
  5. Property Services – 67.2% growth
  6. Distribution – 57.5% growth
  7. Automotive – 42.1% growth
  8. IT – 34.4% growth
  9. Administration – 33.4% growth
  10. Marketing – 27.3% growth


Furthermore, the job site reported that the average vacancy in Birmingham received 24 applications last month, compared to just 21 applications per role in May 2015, highlighting how much more choice the city’s businesses have when looking to hire new recruits. CV-Library also reported a 7.1% year-on-year increase in jobs across Birmingham between May 2015 and May 2016, suggesting that the region’s labour market is stable, despite the nation’s current economic climate.


Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “Our ongoing investment into Birmingham continues to fuel job growth across the region, and it’s great to see that businesses now have such an increased choice in local talent when it comes to filling roles.


“We’ve just recently opened a new office in Birmingham, and we’re committed to connecting the region’s employers with the most talented candidates. The city’s strong labour market in the face of the nation’s economic woes is simply testament to the businesses in the area and their determination to keep the local economy moving. With an increasing talent pool available within Birmingham, employers should be able to source the best recruits for their businesses, and further boost output within the city.”


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