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17 August, 2011 - 08:46 By News Desk

Cambridge is the employment hotspot of the UK.

Cambridge - kings of the job market

It is the easiest place in the UK to find a job according to new research.

University towns and southern English cities dominate the work hotspots.

Cambridge is an applicant’s dream with just 1.25 job seekers for every available position, while Reading, Oxford & London all have less than 2.5 job seekers per vacancy.

Aberdeen at 1.6 comes second to Cambridge, with oil & gas industry jobs very much to the fore. Milton Keynes comes in sixth at 2.59 applicants for each post.

Hull is named the hardest city to find a job in the UK with 45 claimants for every vacancy. Northern locations dominate the employment blackspots.

There are 18,795 people in the Hull area looking for work yet Adzuna found just 318 jobs available to them out of nearly 400,000 live vacancies listed on Adzuna.co.uk nationally. Sunderland is second worst with 33 job seekers chasing every vacancy.

The data demonstrates a clear north-south divide around the national average of four claimants per job ad.  Six of the hardest 10 cities to find work are in the North of England, while Southend in Essex is the worst place to find a job in the South with 25 claimants per job.

The top 50 cities in the UK were ranked by comparing the total number of live local job vacancies in Adzuna’s comprehensive search index to the number of Jobseekers’ Allowance claimants in each city according to the new ONS data just released.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “The data is clear - if you live in an employment blackspot like Hull where there aren’t many jobs to go round you’ve got to be ready to move to find work.

“For new graduates coming in to this market, looking for work down south or in a few other regional hotspots looks like the smart option.”

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