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Bristol drives recruitment growth in the South-West

Tue, 10 Jun 2014
Recruiters looking to fill roles in the South-West of England could face a tough time, as the number of active jobseekers in the region fell throughout May, according to the latest figures from Recruiter Jobs, the jobs and careers board for Recruiter magazine and recruiter.co.uk.

The total number of active users fell by 24% from 221 active users in April. However, the number of live vacancies reached 101 for the same time period, a 28% increase from the number of live vacancies in April.

Lydia Bartlett, managing director at Bristol-based recruiter, Cute Resource, agreed that there is an increase in the number of candidates in the area: “The benefits of house prices and quality of life are meaning people are keen to relocate to the South-West.”

In Bristol alone, there was a number of recruiting positives, with the total number of live jobs increasing by 27%, the number of live jobs per user increasing by 79% and the total number of applications per user increasing by 25%. However, the total number of users actively seeking a new role fell by 30%.

Heather Froud, operations director at Bristol-based Lucy Bristow, told Recruiter that confidence in the area is “definitely on the up”.

Sector wise, most jobseekers in the South-West were searching for roles in healthcare (7.4%), rec-to-rec (6.1%) and HR/personnel (4.3%). The same three sectors dominated the number of live vacancies actually available, led by healthcare (24%), rec-to-rec (11.6%) and HR/personnel (4.6%).

“HR is definitely a growth area, but we are also seeing increases across the board which is a really encouraging sign,” Froud added.

In terms of job function, in-house recruitment (23%), recruitment consultant (21%) and business development (11.3%) were the most popular type of roles jobseekers were searching for in May. However, the actual number of live vacancies on the site was dominated by the role of recruitment consultant, with over half (53.5%) of total live vacancies.

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