Manchester sees spike in job opportunities according to new data from Totaljobs

  • Opportunities in Manchester soar with a 39% increase in job adverts over past two years
  • Transport and Logistics most in-demand industry with 81% growth in job applications
  • Totaljobs creates ‘City CV’ to bring to life benefits of Manchester for jobseekers

20th March 2019 – If you’re currently on the lookout for a new job, you can remain optimistic as research from one of the UK’s leading job boards, Totaljobs, shows there has been 39% increase in jobs advertised in Manchester since 2016[i]. The new figures show the jobs market is booming in the city as it emerges as one of the North’s hotspots, competing with London.

The number of people either changing roles or looking for employment has also seen a steady increase since 2016, with job applications going up by 8%. Roles in the Transport and Logistics sector are most in demand, with Totaljobs recording a whopping 81% increase in applications over the past six months.

These findings come hot on the heels of recent research by Totaljobs that showed that while London may have long been famed for having the best job opportunities, northern cities are becoming increasingly attractive. The research showed that Mancunians have a better work-life balance, recording the least overtime of all northern cities. Since they also pay half the total household rent compared to Londoners (£496 vs. £1,053), it’s an attractive alternative to the capital[ii].

The appeal of the North is not going unnoticed with workers in other parts of the UK. Totaljobs research has also shown that 53% of Londoners would accept a lower salary to relocate to a new city if it meant a better quality of life, compared to only 31% of those in the North.

To celebrate Manchester and highlight the thriving job opportunities in the city, Totaljobs has reversed the traditional CV to create a Manchester ‘City CV’– a city profile bringing to life Manchester’s best attributes and most attractive factors. Formatted and written much like a candidate CV, the ‘City CV’ makes the case for ‘hiring’ Manchester, encouraging jobseekers to consider the city when looking for their next job opportunity. The CV also helps employers looking to attract new talent to Manchester.

Martin Talbot, Director at Totaljobs said: “There is a thriving jobs market in Manchester with a huge number of opportunities not only for jobseekers in the area but also those considering relocating for work. It has been great to see the impact of big businesses like ITV and the BBC moving into the area, helping to spur on the jobs market in the city. Business growth has meant the rise in vacancies outpaces applications, so there’s a wide range of roles available for talent in Manchester – meaning employers need to ensure they stand out from the crowd when it comes to their employer brand. Alongside this, recruiters looking to further boost applications to their roles can utilise the benefits of transferable skills, looking outside their existing industry to cast their net wider. We hope our fun take on the traditional CV helps to shine a spotlight on the opportunities in the city and gets people talking about employment more assuredly.”

Stacey Williams, Talent Acquisition Manager at Sofology, said: “Sofology’s main hub is based in a great Manchester location, where all of the main commuter towns and cities are within a 30-minute drive, giving us access to the best talent out there from all of the surrounding areas. There’s a real benefit to living and working in Manchester, particularly given that you’re so close to shopping in Liverpool, team-building days in Warrington, and the best eateries in Stockton Heath. Plus, Greater Manchester is quickly becoming renowned for its place in the property market. House prices are affordable and well worth the money that we all work so hard for. There’s a real family culture in the area and what’s great for Sofology is that we get to share ideas with other businesses all over the North West. It’s safe to say that we love it and won’t be going anywhere!”

The City CV describes Manchester as “a world-leading innovator” and “team player” with a history steeped in innovation and two premier league teams. It also highlights trailblazers such as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and physicist Brian Cox who have called the city home.

For more information about jobs in Manchester and to download the CV visit blog.totaljobs.com.

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References for data in the CV can be found below[iii].

About Totaljobs:

Formed in 1999, Totaljobs is one of UK’s leading job boards, attracting 20 million visits and over 4.3 million applications from qualified jobseekers every month. Over 300,000 jobseekers visit our platform every day, with over 270,000 jobs to choose from at any given time.

In May 2018, Totaljobs partnered with Jobsite to become the UK’s largest hiring platform offering employers the opportunity to advertise vacancies across both platforms from one system, and access to almost half of the UK working population.

Totaljobs and Jobsite are part of the StepStone Group, one of the world’s leading e-recruitment businesses. With a head office in London and offices in Birmingham, Havant, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow, StepStone in the UK comprises Totaljobs and Jobsite plus nine additional job boards. These include: Caterer.com, CatererGlobal, CWJobs, Milkround, CityJobs, RetailChoice, CareerStructure, JustEngineers and emedcareers. Together these brands provide access to 17.6 million searchable candidate profiles.

Visit the Totaljobs website: www.totaljobs.com

[i] Totaljobs data accessed February 2019

[ii] Opinium research conducted 16-24th January 2019. Sample 1,821 adults aged 18+ minimum 200 in each of London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, York, Newcastle and Leeds

[iii] Manchester City CV research sourced at:

[iii] Totaljobs data – accessed February 2019

[iii] https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-not-britains-rainiest-city-12768387

[iii] https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157083/report.aspx?#ps

[iii] Totaljobs data – accessed February 2019

[iii] https://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/Manchester.html

[iii] https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157083/subreports/idbr_time_series/report.aspx

[iii] Totaljobs data – accessed February 2019

[iii]https://www.spottedbylocals.com/blog/alpha-beta-and-gamma-cities/

[iii] http://localstats.co.uk/census-demographics/england/north-west/manchester

[iii] https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/qs-best-student-cities/manchester

[iii] https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/the-coolest-neighbourhoods-in-manchester-uk/

[iii] https://aspenwoolf.co.uk/13-facts-about-manchester/