Leeds and Hull suffer steep fall in jobs market, says study

The jobs market in Leeds and Hull fell steeply during the first quarter of 2020, whilst Sheffield saw a better than average slowdown.

The pandemic has changed the way we live and work
The pandemic has changed the way we live and work

According to the latest quarterly job market report from CV-Library, job adverts in Leeds fell 9.2 per cent during the first three months of the year and in Hull, they fell 5.2 per cent. The national average decline was 4.1 per cent.

In Sheffield, the jobs market fell 3.3 per cent. Birmingham was the worst hit city with a decline of 9.3 per cent, Leeds was second, Exeter was third with an 8.8 per cent fall and Hull was fourth.

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In fifth place, London saw a 3.9 per cent decline, followed by Cardiff which saw a 3.8 per cent fall.

Bristol was in seventh place with a 3.5 per cent decline and Sheffield was in eighth place followed by Manchester.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “It really has been a tumultuous start to the year and it’s having a massive impact on Leeds and Hull businesses and the wider economy.

”While measures are being put in place to protect companies and their employees, the reality is that both Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the UK labour market and we’re already starting to see this.”

Mr Biggins said a lot of people are out of work right now and while job applications have fallen, this may well be due to the fall in available jobs.

”It’s difficult to predict how the labour market will perform in the next quarter, but sadly, it doesn’t look promising,” he added.

”While more professionals will be keen to find new job opportunities, organisations are suffering badly at the helm of Covid-19 and many are holding back on their hiring efforts as a result.”

CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 4.3 million unique job seekers every month.