Should You Move Towns for a New Job?

Posted by Nicole Williams on 01 September 2016

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The impact of the UK leaving the EU hasn’t materialised into the catastrophe many expected, with the latest numbers actually showing a 0.7% drop in unemployment, rather than the rise that was predicted.

However, indications that salaries have gone stale have been widely reported due to the uncertainty leading up to the referendum result. This has led recruiters to suggest that now is a good time for people to look for new jobs to boost their careers, as well as their pay packets.

Kevin Brady of job search engine AdView said: “The overall preparedness of job seekers to move to a different city to find work is a significant factor in not getting a better wage but also strengthening the economy. This may well be more so the case now than in the past.”

But which cities have the most jobs compared to its population?

Mr Brady says that according to databases, over a third of advertised jobs vacancies are in the top fifteen most searched for cities in the UK. However, whilst some of these are jobs hot-spots, others have less available.

For example, if 2% of all UK job vacancies are in Leeds, compared to just 0.2% in Hull, and Leeds has only three times the population of Hull, there would be ten times more jobs advertised based in Leeds. In conclusion, if a job seeker from an area with few vacancies in relation to its size can’t seem to find any suitable jobs near them, now is a good time to start looking at relocation.

Of course, relocation is not always possible, especially for those who have roots in the area they currently live. Uprooting your whole life for a job is not something everyone can do, but if the right job comes up in a different area, you should definitely consider it.