Manchester Among Top Five UK Cities for Jobs Growth, Says Data

Manchester was among the best cities for jobs growth over Summer and Autumn 2016, according to new data.

Research from job site CV-Library revealed that Manchester’s job market continued to strengthen in the six months following the EU Referendum’s surprise Brexit vote.

Between June 23 and November 30, job vacancies, applications and salaries all rose in comparison to the same period in 2015 and 2014.

According to CV-Library, vacancies in the city leapt by 12% against 2015’s figures and 39% compared to 2014.

The data places Manchester among the UK’s top five cities for year-on-year jobs growth during H2 2016, behind only Portsmouth (at 13%), Edinburgh (14%), Glasgow (14%) and Southampton (19%).

Job applications across Manchester, meanwhile, were up by 3% against 2015 over the last six months, which is higher than the national average. Similarly, average salaries increased year on year by 2%.

CV-Library’s founder and managing director, Lee Biggins, said: “It’s extremely positive to see that the job market in Manchester has stood strong in the face of ongoing uncertainty.

“The summer months tend to be a quieter time in the recruitment sector but this year, July, August and September all saw particularly strong growth, with November being one of the top months for job growth in Manchester.“

He added: “This is a nice indication that local businesses are confident about growing their workforce and it is hoped that this will continue well into 2017.“

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