UK sees amount of vacancies advertised rising to a 9-month high

UK jobs advertised rose by more than five per cent in July 2019 as employers seem to be enjoying “successful hiring strategies”. This is the highest level of job vacancies publicised since October 2018.

These findings were collated by job board, CV-Library, which found that advertised vacancies rose by 5.3 per cent in July. When comparing the same period in 2019 to 2018, the job board found that candidate applications also increased by 15 per cent.

CV-Library feels this shows businesses to be in a strong position as they are “gaining a strong return on recruiting investments and enjoying their pick of the bunch.”

The top ten cities that enjoyed the biggest increase in applications to new roles year-on-year are:

  • Edinburgh – 23.3 per cent increase in applications  
  • London – 22.9 per cent increase in applications  
  • Southampton – 21.9 per cent increase in applications  
  • Bristol – 21.5 per cent increase in applications   
  • Brighton – 16.9 per cent increase in applications  
  • Leicester – 16.3 per cent increase in applications  
  • Manchester – 14.3 per cent increase in applications  
  • Birmingham – 11.2 per cent increase in applications  
  • Cardiff – 9 per cent increase in applications  
  • Glasgow – 6.7 per cent increase in applications 


The average pay packet for new jobs also hit a three-month high and grew by 5.6 per cent year-on-year, helping to add to the increase in candidate applications.  The cities with the highest salary increase were Leicester (10 per cent), Glasgow (8.4 per cent) and Manchester (6.2 per cent).

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library said:

July was not only a record month in terms of the weather, but also for job vacancies. Employers have been upping their recruiting efforts and clearly, candidates have been listening. Our job market data shows that businesses have bucked the trend of slowing down their hiring plans during the quieter summer months and are seeing a strong return on their recruitment drive as a result.

These findings are especially positive, considering the mini heatwave we’ve had in the past month. Whilst many Brits would be tempted to take days off to chill out and enjoy the sunshine, it seems that instead they’ve been busy applying for new jobs. So, if you’re thinking of expanding your team or are recruiting for a difficult position, now’s the time to advertise your vacancies.

CV-Library gathered this information by studying the latest job market data.