Cambridge, Guildford and Oxford named best places to find a job while Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Belfast are among the worst

 
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Cambridge has been named the best city to find a job in the UK with 0.05 job seekers per vacancy.

Guildford and Oxford are among other top places to find a new job, according to employment portal Adzuna, where job seekers per vacancy stand at 0.08 and 0.12 respectively.

Warrington is also among the top five with competition per job per vacancy at 0.14 in the area.

Adzuna said: "Warrington’s presence in this esteemed company may not be short-lived either, with Amazon to create 1,200 new permanent jobs in the Cheshire town."

Meanwhile, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Belfast were found to be the worst cities to find a job with job seekers per vacancy of 2.79, 2.28 and 2.14 respectively.

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The research also found that average advertised salaries (£32,743) in June continue to show month-on-month growth of 0.2 per cent, despite inflation taking its toll on disposable incomes.

Also, salaries are continuing to show short-term improvements, rising 1.6 per cent on a six-month basis.

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “The fact that salary growth is making progress on a month-on-month basis as well over a six-month period, shows the gap between wage growth and inflation may, slowly but surely, be closing.

“Brexit negotiations will take some time as plans to strike the best possible deal remain up in the air, but it is encouraging to see the government stressing how jobs and living standards must come first during Philip Hammond’s recent speech at Mansion House. A strong labour market in the UK is the backbone to a productive and resilient post-Brexit economy. A pro-migration strategy is an essential part of Brexit negotiations for every sector of the British employment market. The flow of talented and skilled workers from the EU not only strengthens our labour force, but represents an investment in our future by helping us keep up with innovative ideas.”

Best cities to find a job

Rank City Job seekers per vacancy
1 Cambridge 0.05
2 Guildford 0.08
3 Oxford 0.12
4 Swindon 0.12
4 Warrington 0.14
5 Winchester 0.14
7 Reading 0.15
8 Southampton 0.16
9 Exeter 0.17
10 Manchester 0.18

Worst cities to find a job

Rank City Job seekers per vacancy
1 Sunderland 2.79
2 Middlesbrough 2.28
3 Belfast 2.14
4 Rochdale 2.08
4 Hull 2.07
5 Wolverhampton 1.87
7 Bradford 1.87
8 Salford 1.78
9 Wirral 1.46
10 Swansea 1.32

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