Competition for jobs eases as opportunities increase

Competition for jobs eases as opportunities increase


Latest figures from the totaljobs Barometer show an 8% increase in the number of jobs available across the UK in the first quarter.  This has prompted a fall in the level of competition for positions, with the number of job applications currently around 2% less than during the same period last year.

Among the sectors reporting healthy increases in job opportunities are education (+22%), property (+19%) and the graduate market (+11%).  However jobs in banking, insurance & finance only grew by 1% (though in Scotland they’re up by 35% year on year), while the catering & hospitality and travel, leisure & tourism sectors saw their level of jobs decline by 15% and 22% respectively.

Despite the general increase in job opportunities across the UK, the competition for positions remains intense in some fields.  In oil, gas & alternative energy, for example, the number of applications per job rose by almost a quarter (24%), while applications for positions in the public sector and health & nursing were up by 9% and 7% respectively.

Monday, 12 May 2014

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