JOB HUNTERS in the North East face a postcode lottery in their scramble for work with as many as 37 people vying for each vacancy, according to research.
Sunderland was branded the second most difficult place to find work in the country, with dozens of unemployed people competing for each available job. In Newcastle, four people chased every vacancy in 2012, while 10 people went after each position in Middlesbrough over the past 12 months. In contrast, research carried out by jobs search engine Adzuna revealed there were fewer than one jobseeker per vacancy in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Guildford and Reading and one in Oxford.
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.”
Adzuna’s research comes just weeks after official statistics showed unemployment levels in the North East fell by 11,000 between August and October.
The figures, released by the Government’s Office for National Statistics, were part of a nationwide trend that has seen the biggest quarterly fall in unemployment in over a decade.
There are now 123,000 people out of work in the region. The North East’s unemployment rate was 9.5% and the 11,000 represents a fall of 8.2% over the three months. Yesterday, it emerged that London was the best-paying city with average salaries of over £41,000, followed by Aberdeen who paid £37,670, and Cambridge where salaries averaged £34,009.
The lowest average advertised salaries were found in Preston where it was around £25,718, Bradford, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon and Maidstone where the salaries were all at around £26,000.
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% over the past six months.
Average pay for iPhone developers and financial advisers have shot up by over 20%, and for translators by 17%. The top employer this year is said to be the London 2012 Olympic Games, creating around 100,000 jobs, although most of those 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 across the United Kingdom will increase by 4% in the first few months of next year.
The report also said pay for secretaries, chauffeurs, landscape gardeners and waitresses fell this year.