Northern England biggest growth in jobs

The number of jobs advertised year-on-year in Northern England has increased by 28.1%, according to the latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index.

Figures also reveal that the increase in demand for professionals in the region is the largest in the country.

While all regions saw increased vacancies compared to the first quarter of 2014, London saw a rise of only 20% while the number of jobs advertised in the Midlands grew by 13.4%.


  • Northern England leads UK job market growth at 28%
  • Marketing, compliance, and legal sectors see biggest rises 

Banking and financial services spike

The banking and financial services sector saw healthy growth in Northern England with the number of vacancies up by 14% year-on-year. 

Compliance professionals in high demand

Compliance professionals in particular were shown to be in high demand, with a 35% increase in advertised vacancies, while risk vacancies were up by 24% versus Q1 2014.

The North is also offering a buoyant market for marketing and legal professionals, with vacancies up 48% and 65% respectively.

Chris Poole, Managing Director - UK Regions at Robert Walters, comments:

“The research clearly indicates that the North is offering a very welcoming market for professionals looking to change roles.

“Manchester is no longer seen as a poor relation to the South East in terms of the availability of quality professional staff. We are seeing unprecedented enquiries regarding investment and new job creation no to only from within the UK but internationally as well. Manchester is seen as an excellent gateway to UK investment.

“With growth across the North outstripping London, many professionals would do well to consider whether opportunities available outside the Capital could offer them better career advancement or an improved work-life balance.

“While financial services is a sector typically associated with London, the demand for compliance professionals in particular shows that many companies are committed to expanding their presence in the North.”

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