A new study has revealed that Aberdeen is the best place to look for a job in the UK, though the national figures do not make for good reading.
The new poll, conducted by classified ads search engine Adzuna.co.uk, has revealed the best and worst places to find work in the country, by comparing the number of positions available, against the number of applicants.
The results showed that Aberdeen was the best place in the country, with just 0.88 people applying for every post being advertised. On the whole, the best performing places in the country were in the south with Reading and Cambridge completing the top three.
The national capital, London, finished in fourth place, with a huge demand for estate agents and secretaries.
Aberdeen really excelled, surprisingly for many, in the construction arena. Here, there are twice as many positions offered as anywhere else in the country, showing that new finance strategies used by many companies are working.
With such a downturn in the building trade, many construction firms with outstanding finance are releasing funding for other projects through invoice discounting for example.
Similar strong approaches to commercial finance in Scotland is also helping oil and gas firms here exploit the vibrant market conditions. This is reflected in job opportunities in the sector, which are more than 18 times that of the UK average.
With Britain’s unemployment now standing at 2.7 million, the survey also revealed that Hull and Stoke-on-Trent are the most competitive areas to find a job, with 80 and 72 applicants for each position respectively.