More jobs up for grabs

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THERE has been a seven per cent rise in the number of jobs available in the North West for the first three months of 2014, latest figures show.

The totaljobs Barometer survey says that this has triggered a fall in competition for jobs, with the number of applications per job declining by six per cent compared to the same period last year.

The region has seen a healthy 28 per cent increase in jobs within education compared to last year. Other areas that have grown include health and nursing (28 per cent), media, new media and creative industries (23) and graduate jobs (18). Opportunities in the IT sector have stayed fairly static, only growing two compared to the first three months of 2013.

Meanwhile, the catering and hospitality industry has seen a 33 per cent drop in job opportunities over the past year and a 17 per cent decline compared to the last quarter. Similarly, jobs in travel, leisure and tourism jobs are down by 24 per cent.