Job growth in Edinburgh is soaring above the national average with the number of postings for roles in the city up by 79 per cent last month compared to April last year – way above the national average job growth of 43 per cent.

CV-Library, which claims to be the UK’s leading independent job board, says that in the last month alone the job website has noticed a 15 per cent increase in the number of vacancies, signalling growth a rapid pace.

Scotland’s capital has experienced the highest job growth in the country. The closest competitor is Birmingham, which experienced a rise of 54 per cent, but still sits 25 per cent behind Edinburgh – demonstrating just how far ahead the city is excelling in the job-market scene.

CV-Library reports a strong demand for candidates in the administration, construction and engineering sectors. “As Edinburgh has long been known as a centre of education, particularly in sectors including engineering,” says CV-Library, “it’s reassuring to see that the city is also a strong hub for those looking for employment in this industry”.

Sectors offering the highest salaries within Edinburgh include engineering where candidates looking for employment can earn up to £43,000 per annum, whilst those in construction can be offered up to £47,000. Openings in the IT range up to £46,000 a year, greater than the average nationwide IT salary of up to £44,000.

Edinburgh’s claimant count unemployment is now down to 1.8 per cent and the city’s improved track record in finding jobs for young people was a marked feature of the opening Santander Red Box session in St Andrew Square yesterday.

At this session, which opens a week of talks and discussions, Edinburgh City Council chief executive DAME SUE BRUCE and COUNCILLOR FRANK ROSS, Convenor of the Edinburgh Economy Committee were interviewed by Scot-Buzz co-editor Bill Jamieson.

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