Regional Trends Report – Northern England

APSCo and Vacancysoft

April 2017

Key trends emerging include:

  • The number of vacancies across all industries in northern England (i.e. the North East and the North West) in the 12-month period ended 31 March 2017 was 2.8% lower than in the previous 12-month period.
  • Q1 2017 had 8.7% more vacancies than Q1 2016, which was one reason that the 12-month period ended 31 March 2017 had a distinctly upwards overall trend.
  • The top five firms in the dataset together announced 27% fewer vacancies in the 12 months ended 31 March 2017 than the previous 12 months; however, the next five largest had 20% growth in vacancies 12-month period on 12-month period.

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This month the series of reports on regional employment trends that we are proud to co-produce with APSCo focuses on the North East and the North West of England. Last year the government announced its “Northern Powerhouse strategy”, with some elements of that drawing criticism, but how did vacancy levels there change over the 12 months ended 31 March 2017 as compared to the previous 12-month period? Which professions saw growth in vacancies in those two regions? Which saw falls? Where are the geographical hotspots? Are any industries there doing particularly well in terms of vacancy growth? And are any doing particularly badly? Are there any sectors which are particularly hot or especially cold? Which particular companies saw the best growth in vacancies? The answers to all those questions and more can be found in this report.

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