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Three-quarters of UK cities struggle to fill advertised vacancies

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September sees more vacancies than jobseekers in 41 out of 56 UK cities, as competition for jobs falls to 0.58 jobseekers per advertised vacancy – a post-recession low. Strong vacancy growth continues, with 1,178,129 positions available in September, up 2.4 percent from August and 30.0 percent year-on-year, but many vacancies left unfulfilled due to lack of skilled labour

Total number of jobseekers falls to below 700,000 for first time since the recession.

Advertised salaries and wage growth diverge further, with average pay for advertised positions falling 4.5 percent year-on-year to £33,121 in September, while those in work see strong pay rises. Jobseekers in Sunderland, Hull and Bradford have the most to gain by moving in search of work, with these cities seeing strongest job seeker competition.

Healthcare and nursing sector’s recruitment woes worsen, as advertised salaries fall by 10.5 percent year-on-year to £34,483 and pay struggles continue in wake of junior doctor row

Consultancy jobs enter the biggest winners shortlist, with a 1.6 percent rise in advertised salaries to reach £30,479.

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