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The jobs scramble hot-spots: 55 applicants chase every vacancy in Hull but employers struggle to find candidates in Cambridge
10:55 GMT, 27 December 2012
Huge regional differences in the competition for jobs around have been revealed in research that named Hull as the most difficult place in the UK to find work.
Around 55 people chased every vacancy in Hull in 2012, 36 in Sunderland, 25 in Southend, 19 in Wolverhampton and 14 in Bradford according to Adzuna, a search engine for job adverts.
In contrast, there were fewer than one jobseeker per vacancy in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Guildford and Reading and one in Oxford.
To Hull and back: Jobseekers have a far tougher time finding work in Hull than in Cambridge, where job ads attracted fewer than one applicant on average.
London was the best-paying city with average salaries of over 41,000, followed by Aberdeen (37,670), Cambridge (34,009), Slough (33,415) and Guildford (32,539).
The lowest average advertised salaries were found in Preston (25,718), Bradford, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon and Maidstone (all at around 26,000), said the report.
Adzuna said a search of half a million vacancies showed that computing, engineering and finance were the most buoyant sectors in 2012, with average salary rises of 6 per cent over the past six months.
Average pay for iPhone developers and financial advisers have shot up by over 20 per cent, and for translators by 17 per cent.
The top employer this year is said to be the London 2012 Olympic Games, creating around 100,000 jobs, although most of them were temporary.
Supermarkets created over 30,000 jobs, while other leading employers were named as the Royal Mail, the NHS, Deloitte and Ryanair.
Adzuna predicted that the number of part-time jobs will increase by 4 per cent in the first few months of next year.
Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: 'We expect unemployment to continue to fall in 2013, with technology and engineering sectors performing the strongest in the first half of the year.'
The report also said pay for secretaries, chauffeurs, landscape gardeners and waitresses fell this year.