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Jobs market still tougher in the north
11:56am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
Competition for jobs has eased, but it is still proving a lot harder for northerners to find a job than their southern counterparts, according to a new report.
A study by jobs search engine Adzuna found huge regional differences, with 72 jobseekers for every vacancy in Salford, compared with fewer than one in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Guildford and Winchester.
Nine of the top ten hardest places to find a job last month were in the north, led by Salford, Sunderland and Hull, although competition for work has fallen in Manchester and Newcastle in the past six months.
The research also revealed that average advertised salaries have fallen “sharply” over the past year, slumping by 3.5 per cent to £33,462.
There were more half a million vacancies in July, one per cent higher than a year ago, with the average of number of jobseekers per position falling below three.
Flora Lowther, head of research at Adzuna, said: “A sustained salary squeeze is the dark cloud lingering over a brightening UK jobs market. All other indicators show life is improving for jobseekers.”