Sunderland jobless’ struggle to find work

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WEARSIDE has been branded the second most difficult place to find work in the country – with as many as 37 jobseekers battling it out for each vacancy.

A study by jobs search engine Adzuna found that unemployed people in Sunderland face a “postcode lottery” when it comes to applying for positions, with the economic downturn continuing to hit the city.

In Newcastle, four people chased every vacancy in 2012, while 10 people went after each position in Middlesbrough during the past 12 months.

In contrast, the research 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 the Christmas jobs market helped see the number of people looking for work in Sunderland fall.

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 were 10,180 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – and so classed as actively looking for employment – across the city in November, a drop of 155 on October’s figure of 10,335.

According to the Adzuna report, London was the best-paying city with average salaries of more than £41,000, followed by Aberdeen which paid £37,670, and Cambridge where salaries averaged £34,009.

The lowest average advertised salaries were found in Preston (£25,718), Bradford, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon and Maidstone where the salaries were all at about £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 six per cent during the past six months.

Average pay for iPhone developers and financial advisers have shot up by more than 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 about 100,000 jobs, although most of those were temporary.

Supermarkets created more than 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 four per cent in the first few months of next year.

The report also said that pay for secretaries, chauffeurs, landscape gardeners and waitresses fell this year.

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