HULL ranks among the worst five cities to find a job amid growing evidence of a North-South divide in the employment market.
New research published today has revealed that competition for jobs actually fell by 33 per cent this year, with 1.59 jobseekers per vacancy in the UK.
But employment website Adzuna.co.uk’s latest UK Job Market Report also found it was 200 times more difficult to find work in Salford than in Cambridge or Aberdeen.
And in a league table of the worst cities to find a job, Hull ranked in the top five for the month of October and for the whole of 2013, with 31.57 jobseekers per vacancy. It joined Salford, Sunderland and the Wirral topping the charts on both lists.
The news adds further evidence to the argument that the North-South divide is getting bigger. The Yorkshire Post has launched its Big Debate series, highlighting the large disparity between the North and South in terms of education, health and jobs.
Adzuna’s co-founder, Andrew Hunter, claimed the latest report shows the UK jobs market is quickly becoming a “tale of two halves”, with parts of the UK being left behind as widespread job creation is seen elsewhere.
But he claimed there was hope for Hull to see a turnaround, and added: “Of the worst affected cities, Hull has a great opportunity in being named as the next UK City of Culture and has the potential to reap significant social and economic benefits as a result.”
Hull City Council deputy leader Daren Hale acknowledged the “tough” situation in Hull and said Government cuts are putting further strain on public sector jobs. But he said the future looks brighter, with the hoped-for arrival of wind energy providing “significant” job investment around the port area.
He said: “We do recognise it’s very difficult for families and people in Hull at the moment. We do, however, feel that there will be a very bright future ahead.”
A further boost comes from the announcement that the Government could allow both banks of the Humber to qualify for special help to help attract businesses.