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London and north of England present toughest graduates job challenge, figures show

Published: Wednesday, 16 June 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Pressure for graduate jobs in London is continuing to rise as new university leavers face tougher competition to land the best roles.

That is the picture being painted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which has highlighted the marked differences in demand for jobs in the north and south of England.

According to the TUC's own research, right now in London around eight people on jobseekers allowance (JSA) are going for every job opening.

And, while those looking for graduate IT jobs in the City are likely to be cheered by the news that the Square Mile is the only UK local authority where the number of vacancies now outnumbers the number of JSA claimants, those hoping to land a role in nearby Hackney can expect to find themselves up against 24 other hopefuls.

At the same time, the report also notes that the north-east of England, Yorkshire and the Humber region can all now be considered as being 'unemployment blackspots'.

"These areas need investment to get local businesses flourishing and people working again," TUC general secretary Brendan Barber argued.

However, this comes in the same week that graduates in Scotland were boosted by the launch of the new Talent Graduate Placement Programme, aimed at helping employers north of the border take on 350 university leavers over the next year.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19841936-ADNFCR

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