Adzuna’s Jenna Brown Named In Industry Hot List

Posted on April 16, 2014 by

Adzuna’s very own Sales Analyst, Jenna Brown, has been crowned one of the top 25  women under 25 in the world of technology by coding experts CodeFirstGirls. Highlighting the cream of the crop in technology talent, the list aims to highlight the Ones To Watch – entrepreneurial, talented women who will play a huge part in driving the technology world forward in years to come. At Adzuna Towers, we couldn’t be prouder to see our Jenna take her rightful place on the list.

Jenna Brown 2 - Adzuna

Coming from a background in finance, armed with 1st Class degree in economics from the University of Bath, Jenna joined Adzuna in 2013, as employee number 9. On a mission to find a role where she could where she could make a genuine difference to her industry, she has been  instrumental in fine-tuning the Adzuna data that is used to provide up-to-the-minute stats about employment issues to David Cameron.

Not content with that, as a direct result of her creativity and data expertise, Adzuna was named Land Registry OpenData Champion in December 2013. Put all this together, and there is no doubt in our minds that Jenna is at the forefront of labour market data analysis, and is well on track to help influence key decisions in her area for the whole country.

Well done Jenna – we are all extremely proud of you!

 

 

Brighton named the most unaffordable place in Britain for first-time buyers

Posted on April 14, 2014 by

Our wizard-like data crunching gurus have been at it again. We took all our data on the property market and all our data on the jobs market to  calculate the affordability of areas. by looking at average salaries for the top 50 cities in the UK using their comprehensive search index of over 800,000 job ads.

Brighton has been crowned the least affordable town in the UK for first time buyers, whereas Belfast & Hull are amongst the most affordable, according to new Adzuna analysis. The research shows that almost 80% of homes in Belfast are within financial reach for first-time buyers on average local incomes. Oxford, Chelmsford, Cambridge and London all ranked amongst the most unaffordable places to get a foot on the property ladder, as wages stagnate and property prices soar across Britain.

Pockets of opportunity for first time buyers

Our study reveals that first-time buyers should head to Northern locations like Sunderland, Salford and Hull, where average property prices at £136,095 are only 2.5 times average earnings for the area. Bargain hunters should also set their sights on Midlands cities like Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham and Derby. House hunters in the South of England shouldn’t feel too despondent: Portsmouth, Plymouth and Southampton are amongst the most affordable cities in the South for first-time buyers this April with up to a third of homes still falling within financial reach.

Brighton, Oxford & Chelmsford locals struggle the most

Brighton, Oxford & Chelmsford are the most unaffordable towns and cities in the UK for first-time purchasers. A typical home in Brighton now sells for over 7 times the average Brightonian couple’s earnings, at over £400,000. First time buyers working in Brighton looking for cheaper options should head to Crawley (22 miles) or Worthing (13 miles)  where the average 2 bedroom home is on average 22% cheaper.

London prices skyrocket by 15% as wages stagnate

Kensington Palace Gardens – the most expensive street in London, with average property prices in excess of £40m.

Boasting luxury homes valued at up to £50 million, London has seen soaring property prices in the last 12 months, with house values rising 15% year on year. With wages in the capital stagnating and tracking below inflation, properties in London have become increasingly unaffordable for locals with a staggering 91% of homes in the capital completely out of financial reach.

Top 10 Most Affordable Cities for First Time Buyers

 

Top 10 Most Affordable Cities for First Time Buyers

 

Name of City

% of homes within budget*

1-bed price vs. single salary ratio**

Belfast

79.17%

2.78

Hull

74.51%

2.74

Sunderland

67.98%

3.35

Glasgow

68.89%

2.51

Salford

66.54%

2.88

Stoke-on-Trent

60.69%

2.89

Derby

59.65%

2.79

Manchester

58.57%

3.48

Bradford

58.18%

2.76

Nottingham

57.13%

3.09

Top 10 Least Affordable Cities for First Time Buyers

Name of City

% of homes within budget*

1-bed price vs. single salary ratio**

Brighton

1.11%

6.45

Oxford

1.93%

5.90

Chelmsford

2.70%

5.98

Cambridge

8.53%

5.59

London

8.79%

9.32

Exeter

9.47%

4.52

Guildford

10.19%

5.84

Winchester

10.90%

4.47

Reading

14.88%

4.18

Chichester

15.70%

5.78

Got a question for our data gurus? Drop us a line here and we’d be delighted to help!

Six Celebrity Jobs That May Surprise You

Posted on April 8, 2014 by

Flicking through a celebrity magazine can be a pleasant distraction – in fact, its one of our guilt pleasures here at Adzuna Towers. It’s quite easy, though, to feel an awful long way away from the fame, fortune, fans and fake tans some of our favourite idols boast. Fear not, we say, as we take a quick tour of how some of our favourite fame icons got started – and maybe we aren’t as far away from those silver lights of stardom as we suspected!

 

1. Madonna: Things could have turned out very differently for everyone’s favourite material girl, Madonna, who started working life in Dunkin’ Donuts, before ending her promising career in baked goods by squirting a customer with donut filling. Clearly the bright lights of stardom beckoned even then. Way to go, Mads!

2. Hugh Grant: Charismatic Brit extraordniaire Mr Grant never intended to go into acting as a full-time career, studying for a doctorate in art history instead. Instead of bidding for a career as a real-life Mickey Blue Eyes, though, Hugh was persuaded to trade in his artistic ambitions for more theatrical pursuits. And Bridget Jones fans around the globe are very glad he did!

 

 

 

3. Jon Bon Jovi: Before the seductive world of Rock ‘n’roll inspired our Jon to make music his living, the Canadian superstar earnt his first wages as a cleaner in a secondary school.

 

 

 

 

4. Walt Disney: The mastermind behind over 50 of our favourite classic feature films parted company with the local newspaper he first worked for as a cartoonist due his alleged “lack of original ideas” and creative instinct. Goofy? We think so.

 

5. Whoopi Goldberg:  Far from the more run-of-the-mill waitressing and barmaid roles pursued by for Hollywood wannabes, Whoopi Goldberg opted for a more unusual career history. As well as working as a bricklayer and phone-sex operator, she also made ends meet as a morgue beautician.

 

 

6. Harry Hill: We often hear that laughter is the best medicine, and this last celebrity career could well support that. If you’re in need of a good dose of laughs, comedy king Harry Hill, is the ideal man for the job. Fear not: prior to hosting TV Burp, he was, in fact, a qualified doctor.

Feeling inspired to start the search for the next step on your own career journey? You can find thousand’s of options on Adzuna.co.uk.