Crossrail: Engineering and Construction Salaries On the Rise

Posted on July 30, 2014 by

 At Adzuna Towers, we like to keep up to date with the word on the street. And this week, the word on the street is “Crossrail”, as the final instalment of a new three-part documentary airs tonight on BBC2. The programme takes us, the viewing public, behind the scenes of Europe’s largest infrastructure project as a new railway line is constructed through the heart of London. one of the world’s busiest cities.

Source: BBC

Source: Crossrail

With all eyes turning to the team behind this amazing project, we got to thinking about the skills that go into building a better-connected Britain. And once we dug into the details, the impact of a significant transport initiative like Crossrail on the nations employment market was pretty clear. Fortunes are looking up for job seekers in the Engineering and Trade & Construction arenas as both fields ranked amongst the top five best-performing sectors in the UK. Average advertised salaries for engineers rose 2.5% to £34,922 in the year to June 2014, and those in the construction sector increase by 3.5% to £35,570.

Source: Crossrail

Source: Crossrail

The number of opportunities for those seeking new roles in engineering-related positions is also on the up, with nearly 80,000 engineering vacancies advertised on in June: an impressive increase of 38% since the beginning of this year.

Keen to find out more? Tune in to BBC 2’s Fifteen Billion Pound Railway at 9pm tonight as it follows the journey of the team driving the construction of new train tunnels and stations right under the streets of our Capital.

If you feel inspired to carve out a new role helping to engineer the Britain of the future, you can also check out some of the great opportunities currently available on

Adzuna Job Market Report – July 2014

Posted on July 29, 2014 by

Salary Stagnation Shows Signs of Improvement

Click here to download the full Job Market Report for July 2014

The pace of recovery of the UK job market is picking up as both the number of advertised vacancies and average advertised salaries are increasing. While the rise in the number of job openings in June builds on a trend of rising numbers of available roles over the past year, the increase in advertised salaries is a more recent change. It appears that UK wages are finally turning a corner, having risen month-on-month for the past three months, though they still fall shy of average earnings this time last year.

The sense of positivity is further heightened by the fact that competition for vacancies is falling: in July 2014 there were only 1.21 jobseekers to every available position in the UK, compared to 2.10 in July 2013.

Table 1: Vacancy and salary trends in the UK

May 2014

June 2014

Monthly Change

Annual change from June 2013

UK Vacancies





Av. Advertised UK Salary





Salaries across the nation

The positivity in the job market is reflected across almost all regions in the country, with average pay rates in ten of twelve regions seeing increases year-on-year. Wales in particular has seen a huge rise in advertised salaries: the average advertised salary has increased by almost a fifth since June 2013. Despite salaries in London remaining below their June 2013 level, average salaries in the capital are seeing some growth month-on-month. In June 2014, the average salary for London rose by 1.5% to £40,446.

Table 2: UK salaries by region


Average Salary

Annual change

North East England






South East England



East Midlands



Yorkshire and The Humber






South West England



West Midlands



North West England






Northern Ireland



Eastern England



Where are all the jobs?

With the unemployment rate at a six-year low, competition for jobs has decreased nationwide. 23 UK cities now boast more vacancies than jobseekers. Cambridge tops the table of best cities to find a job once again with only 0.12 jobseekers per vacancy. Comparatively, only three cities in the UK see more than 10 jobseekers per vacancy. However, the North-South divide remains: all three of the most competitive cities for jobseekers are in the North, whereas all but one of the top cities for jobseekers are in the South.


Sector breakdown of UK vacancies

The graduate jobs sector is showing the strongest signs of recovery. Average salaries in the sector are up 5% year-on-year, bringing the average graduate salary in the UK to £24,762. The trade and construction and accounting and finance sectors have also seen some wage growth over the past 12 months, with average salaries up 3.5% and 3.1% respectively.

In the retail sector, salaries are still down from last year (showing a decrease of 2.7% since June of last year). However, salaries in the sector have risen slightly in recent months, no doubt buoyed by a 1.6% rise in retail sales between April and June.


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Using Social Media to Get Your Next Job

Posted on July 23, 2014 by

Finding a job on the Internet can be tough. With so many job sites available, a limited number of vacancies and an ever-increasing number of people applying, you need to make sure you stand out at every opportunity.

In today’s job market, vacancies can be found in a number of ways: an ad in the paper, a job posting on a company website, or through friends and family. Increasingly, people are also using social media, not only to apply for roles, but to make themselves more attractive to potential employers as well.

But can you really leverage your social graph and pick up your next job through a site like Facebook? How about Twitter? This helpful guide will take you through each of the major social networks and show how you can use social media to secure your next job.

With over 300 million users globally, LinkedIn is the world’s most popular jobs site and perhaps the most obvious social network to visit when you need a new job. For many modern professionals, LinkedIn is now their CV. Employers are increasingly asking to see applicants’ LinkedIn profiles; some companies even allow you use your LinkedIn details to fill out online job application forms. To really maximise what you can do on LinkedIn, here are some simple tips:

● Update. It seems obvious, but make sure your information is up to date. That includes recent promotions at work and any awards or accreditations you may have earned.

● Increase connections. Connecting your address book to LinkedIn helps you see which people you already know are on LinkedIn. Connecting with more people exposes you to more job and networking opportunities.

● Share. It’s important to remain active on LinkedIn at all times, not just when you want a new job. Sharing articles, surveys and other content that is interesting to you and relevant to your role in the industry shows that you care about your job and career, which is an attractive quality to prospective employers.

Perhaps better known for Pokes and Likes, Facebook is more than just a social network to talk to old school friends and family members. Professionals are now using it to engage with brands they like, showcasing personal and professional skills and much more. Here are some of the ways you can use Facebook to get a job you’ll really like:

● Promote your skills. Deep in your profile is a section dedicated to Work and Education. Here you’ll be able to add your school, college and university courses and grades, as well as information about your past jobs and current position. You can also use this section to promote your skills and experience gained over the past few years.

● Go public. After adding your work and education information, consider making them public, viewable to all. This, combined with changing the privacy settings on your posts, will show potential employers what interests excite you. This also encourages discussion, giving you further opportunities to showcase your talents and enthusiasm.

● Stay up to date. Ensuring all your information is up to date and correct is key when employers are looking at your profile.

140 characters might not seem like a lot, but you can do so much with even just one post on Twitter. Recruiters, companies and employees use the service every day to promote themselves, search for and post jobs, and connect with others. One of the fastest growing social networks around, it is reported that 200 million users send over 400 million tweets daily. Here are a few tips to make sure your tweets stand out from the crowd:

● Follow, follow, follow. Following is the lifeblood of Twitter, so make sure you’re following relevant recruiters, companies whose work you admire and people from the industry you work in. As a real-time social network, by following these people you’ll see news about a new job or opportunity as soon as it becomes available.

● Hashtags. Using hashtags to make sure your tweets filter into specific searches is one of the most powerful features of Twitter. Try searching #job, or #jobsearch to see the thousands of people posting new jobs every day. If you’re on the lookout for work, promote yourself by adding a hashtag such as the two above, or a hashtag relevant to your local area or country to your tweets.

● Tweet! It sounds simple, but tweeting about your passions (professional or personal), engaging in conversation with people from your industry and just generally using Twitter as it was intended gives prospective employers a great view of who you are as a potential employee. Just be sure to avoid swearing and controversial subjects.

These are just a few key pointers to take on board if you want to join the millions of others using social media to get ahead in the job market. But you don’t have to use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook if you don’t want to. There are lots of other avenues to promote yourself online. Why not use Pinterest to pin different elements of your CV? Think about using YouTube to broadcast videos that showcase your skills. Or use iTunes to publish a podcast that promotes you as someone to employ. With the Internet and social media at your disposal, you have all the tools to make yourself appear in front of your next employer with ease. Good luck!

This post was created by Oliver Adderley, Managing Director of Jobs Direct.

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