The best city for hiring is not London

For the second year in a row, some of the UK’s major cities have seen the number of job applications grow.

This is according to CV-Library, which listed the top 10 cities which showed job application growth in 2019.

They are:

  • Leicester – job applications up by 14.7 per cent
  • Bristol – job applications up by 13 per cent
  • Aberdeen – job applications up by 12.9 per cent
  • London – job applications up by 11.2 per cent
  • Brighton – job applications up by 10 per cent
  • Portsmouth – job applications up by 9.1 per cent
  • Southampton – job applications up by 8.7 per cent
  • Edinburgh – job applications up by 8.5 per cent
  • Nottingham – job applications up by 8.4 per cent
  • Manchester – job applications up by 5.4 per cent


CV-Library also found that job applications made in 2019 grew by 6.3 per cent. It believes that this increase in applications may be attributed to the salary increase by 3.7 per cent last year.

Scotland’s major cities saw job postings grow by 25.7 per cent and 20.5 per cent in Glasgow and Edinburgh last year. In general, UK businesses saw job adverts increase by 3.7 per cent in 2019.

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library, said:

Despite severe political and economic uncertainty over the last year, it’s positive to see that the UK jobs market has continued to grow. The fact that this is an ongoing trend should instill confidence in employers who may have put their recruitment plans on pause in the run up to the election; especially as January is consistently one of the best times to hire.

While competition for jobs may be higher in some areas this increase in job applications is great news for businesses looking for new talent. Don’t wait to take advantage of this growth and start advertising your latest job roles now.

CV-Library gathered these results by analysing job market data throughout 2019 and compared it with statistics from 2018.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.