‘Sixteen people chase every job’

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SIXTEEN people are chasing every job in Yorkshire, according to a new survey.

The number of job opportunities across Yorkshire increased by 15 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, compared with the same period last year, according to the website www.totaljobs.com. This is better than the growth rate of the UK as a whole. In the first quarter of 2013, 17 applicants were chasing each job in Yorkshire, according to totaljobs. Nationwide, there were 18 applications per job in the first quarter of this year.

Despite the increase in job postings, competition for jobs has risen by one per cent in the first quarter of this year compared with the previous quarter, with 16 applications for every job in the region, according to the survey. The totaljobs Barometer monitors 5.2 million jobseekers and 5,000 recruiters each month. In Yorkshire, the travel, leisure and tourism sector has seen one of the biggest increases in jobs posted in the last year with a 33 per cent increase.

Gary Reilly, regional director at totaljobs.com in Yorkshire, said: “The jobs market in Yorkshire is looking buoyant with businesses in the region feeling more confident about the future and stepping up their recruitment efforts. The rise in vacancies is outpacing the national growth rate which proves regions outside London and the South East are fully equipped to prosper.”

However, competition for work is just as fierce as it was a year ago. Retail has seen a 26 per cent drop in the number of jobs posted in the first quarter of 2014, compared with the same period last year. There has also been a 43 per cent decrease in the catering and hospitality sector.

Mr Reilly said: “While we can all feel good about the overall job increases, there are warning signs.

“Retail is very important in Yorkshire with many people in retail jobs or looking for work in the sector, which is worrying as the supply of jobs being posted so far this year is not meeting the demand. Hopefully, with the likes of Asda and KFC creating more jobs in the UK this year, we will start to see more opportunities coming in for the thousands still looking for work in the region.”

The survey found that there had been an eight per cent growth in the number of jobs available across the UK for the first three months of 2014.

This has triggered a fall in competition for jobs, with the number of applications per job falling by two per cent, when compared with the same period last year.