top UK cities for hiring in June

New data from CV-Library reveals that now is a great time for employers to focus on their hiring efforts, especially as applications to new jobs have risen substantially by 9.3 per cent year-on-year.

Indeed, the UK’s professionals appear to be following in the footsteps of Theresa May and are considering making their next career move. In fact, the findings, which analysed job market data from May 2019 with the same period in 2018, found that these were the top ten cities that saw the biggest jump in applications to new roles, making them the best places for finding candidates right now:

  1. Bristol – 28 per cent increase in applications
  2. Leicester – 26.1 per cent increase in applications
  3. London – 15 per cent increase in applications
  4. Manchester – 11.3 per cent increase in applications
  5. Birmingham – 10.4 per cent increase in applications
  6. Cardiff – 8.8 per cent increase in applications
  7. Portsmouth – 6 per cent increase in applications
  8. Southampton – 3.9 per cent increase in applications
  9. Edinburgh – 2.9 per cent increase in applications
  10. Glasgow – 1.3 per cent increase in applications


Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments,

It seems that business have got a fantastic few months ahead. Candidates remain undeterred by political upheaval in the UK and have been busy with applying to newly advertised roles in a number of key locations across the country.

While many of us assume that the job market quietens down in the summer months, this could actually be the best time to start your candidate search. Our data shows that the job market is continuing to grow year-on-year. With Britain due to leave the EU on October 31st, now’s the time to get ahead of the game and find highly skilled candidates to plug the skills gap left by the reduced amount of EU migrants.

May’s bank holidays and the school half-term haven’t stopped the UK’s professionals from reacting to increased salaries and advertised job roles, either. With the amount of jobs advertised last month growing by 3.7 per cent and salaries surging by 4.1 per cent, employers are more aware than ever that the UK’s professionals require salary bumps to tempt them out of their job roles.

Biggins continues,

As the data shows, increases in job vacancies and salary offerings have led to a surge in candidate applications. With the country at almost full employment, it’s fantastic to see that the job market is continuing to grow.

If you want to secure the highest-quality candidates, think of what you can do to stand out in the current market. Investing in your business and employees is a sure-fire way to ensure that you’ll be head and shoulders above your competition. Plus, it will help with your employee retention rates, which is essential in the current climate.

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