By Catherine Ball
Increased competition means those who are out of work will find it even harder to find employment over the next 12 months, a report has claimed.
Totaljobs, a recruitment website, said new jobs had been created in most areas of the UK during 2012 but more people were vying for each position. And the research said that while the unemployed were having to apply for more jobs in their bid to return to the workplace, they were also competing against those already employed who were keen to take on a new role.
The report said reforms to the benefit system meant the competition for work was getting increasingly high.
Totaljobs said the amount of jobs had risen by five per cent during 2012, helped by both the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. Many of the new positions were at transport and logistics companies although there were now fewer public sector and hospitality jobs.
The number of people applying for each job vacancy rose by 12 per cent in 2012 to an average of 18 applicants for every position with as many as 25 in certain areas including London. Some administrative jobs attracted almost 50 people wanting each role while retail positions had an average of 36 applicants each.
But even though the Olympics were a major success, the amount of jobs in catering and hospitality in London plummeted during 2012 and the report claimed the reduction in public sector employment had had a major impact on Wales.
John Salt, director of totaljobs.com, said for a large part of 2012 there had been positive trends in employment with more jobs and fewer people out of work. But he said although the figures looked good, in reality the situation was likely to create more problems in the long-term.
He said many of the new positions had been part-time and low paid and large numbers of people who are now no longer considered unemployed are not in proper paid positions but are instead simply members of government training schemes.
He added that continuing problems with the eurozone and major declines in the manufacturing industry meant the improvements in employment started to grind to a halt at the end of this year with the jobs market expecting to remain flat for the next few months.