Jobs abound... in Aberdeen

A new report has ranked UK cities by the ratio of job vacancies to applicants. In poll position is Aberdeen with one post advertised for every jobseeker. Bottom of the pile: Hull.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013
Unemployment figures are still worrying high, but a new report by job search website Adzuna shows that it’s a pretty uneven picture. Aberdeen, with its thriving oil and gas industries generated by the off-shore mining operations in the North Sea, has been crowned Britain’s job capital, with around one job for every jobseeker. It thrashes the national UK average 18-fold. SNP leader Alex Salmond will no doubt be eyeing these findings with interest – more fuel for his Scottish independence fire. Although, reading between the lines, Aberdeen is hardly a hot destination if nobody goes there who hasn’t got a job already…

On the other side of the scale, Hull, home of John Prescott, is the worst place to find a job for the second year running. It has around 80 jobseekers applying for every vacancy. Other poor performers include: Stoke-on-Trent, home of Robbie Williams, hot on Hull’s heels with 73:1; Sunderland with 53:1; Southend doing slightly better with 44:1; and the Wirral with 40:1. In contrast, Reading, Cambridge, London and Milton Keynes all had fewer than two claimants per vacancy.

In terms of industry, the engineering, computing, and sales and marketing sectors are showing the strongest demand for jobs nationally, while London is the top city for the recruitment of estate agents and secretaries. In construction, Aberdeen comes out tops again, closely followed by Derby and Birmingham. For jobseekers in poor old Hull, however, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re a nurse or an orthodontist, that is. One in three jobs currently being advertised in Hull are in the healthcare sector.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, says: ‘Policymakers should take note of where the jobs are being created, and make sure that people are being trained in the right skills in the right locations.’

If you live in Hull, one things for sure: you could move almost anywhere else in the country and boost your chances.

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