RESEARCH from the Totaljobs Barometer reveals that competition for jobs in the West Midlands has risen to 19 applications per job in the second quarter of this year.
This compares to a national average of 17.
The rise in competition does not reflect the positive 10% increase in the supply of jobs in Q2 2012, suggesting that the region is only just getting to grips with the backlog of job seekers. Across the rest of the UK, the Easter break and the Diamond Jubilee’s extended bank holiday reduced the number of days on which employers could post new jobs which caused a six per cent decrease in jobs available.
However, compared with 2011, the picture looks rosier with an increase in vacant jobs of six per cent.