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Aberdeen Tops Salary Growth League For 2018

19 Jan 2018

Aberdeen Tops Salary Growth League For 2018

New figures from employment website CV-Library reveal that Scotland’s Aberdeen is the UK city with the strongest salary growth over the last twelve months.

The Granite City showed a strong wage increase of almost eleven per cent, closely followed in third place by the Scottish capital Edinburgh which registered a pay rise of more than 6 per cent.

Yorkshire’s Hull was the best placed English city for salary growth but still trailed Aberdeen by more than two percentage points. Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield also made it into the top ten places to work if you want more money in your pay packet this year as opposed to last year.

Wales just managed to sneak into the wage increase league for 2018 with capital Cardiff taking ninth place by registering a 1.3 per cent salary growth over the last twelve months.

Here are the top ten UK cities for salary growth in order of percent increase:

UK Salary Growth By City

  1. Aberdeen (10.8 percent wage increase)
  2. Hull (8.5 percent wage increase)
  3. Edinburgh (6.2 percent wage increase)
  4. Brighton (6.1 percent wage increase)
  5. Sheffield (5.3 percent wage increase)
  6. Bristol (5.1 percent wage increase)
  7. Birmingham (1.9 percent wage increase)
  8. Manchester (1.6 percent wage increase)
  9. Cardiff (1.3 percent wage increase)
  10. Liverpool (1.1 percent wage increase)

Commenting on the top ten cities for earnings growth, managing director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, said: “The economy may have been in a tricky place as of late, but it’s clear that organisations in Aberdeen, Hull and Edinburgh are feeling confident and are willing to push up their pay packets in order to attract the very best workers.”

“If you’ve got your eyes on a new job this year, now could be the perfect time to land one. You may even get a pay rise,” added Mr Biggins.

The research also revealed the UK cities with the biggest surges in the total number of jobs available for job seekers.

Brighton came out on top, posting an incredible 20 per cent increase in vacancies compared to last year’s figures.

Aberdeen and Edinburgh again made the list but were holding up the table this time, taking ninth and tenth place with approximately 7 and 6 per cent jobs growth respectively. In these stakes, fellow Scottish city Glasgow outranked them both, taking third place with almost 15 per cent increase in vacancies.

Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield all featured in this top ten too, but Hull, Liverpool and Cardiff were absent from this top ten league.

Here’s the full top ten:

UK Job Growth By City

  1. Brighton (19.9 percent jobs growth)
  2. Manchester (15.3 percent jobs growth)
  3. Glasgow (14.6 percent jobs growth)
  4. Portsmouth (13.5 percent jobs growth)
  5. Sheffield (13.5 percent jobs growth)
  6. Birmingham (11.4 percent jobs growth)
  7. Bristol (8 percent jobs growth)
  8. Leeds (7.6 percent jobs growth)
  9. Aberdeen (7.1 percent jobs growth)
  10. Edinburgh (5.9 percent jobs growth)

Of the jobs growth league table, Mr Biggins said: “The New Year is an exciting time for employers and candidates alike. Many UK professionals will be ready to embark on a fresh job hunt and it’s clear that this appetite is being reciprocated by businesses all over the UK. Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow in particular are home to a hub of organisations specialising in creative and technology roles so it’s fantastic to see these sectors thriving right now.”

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