Four chasing every UK job

Four people are chasing every job in England, Scotland and Wales, and in some areas more than 10 jobseekers are chasing each vacancy, according to a new survey.

Four people are chasing every job in England, Scotland and Wales, and in some areas more than 10 jobseekers are chasing each vacancy, according to a new survey.

London is one of the worst hit regions: in Hackney there were more than 20 claimants for every vacant job.

In 113 local authorities there were five or more jobseekers for each vacancy, and in 26 of these there were more than ten jobseekers chasing each vacancy, the survey by Unison found.

Key findings:

In 26 local authorities, more than ten or more Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants are chasing every vacant job.

In another 87 local authority areas there are between five and ten unemployed people chasing every job vacancy.

In a further 108 local authority areas there are 3 or more but less than five JSA claimants for every unfilled vacancy.

In 10 of London’s 32 Borough’s there are more than 10 people chasing every vacancy.

In every local authority in the North East there are more than five people chasing every job vacancy.

The hardest hit area is the Isle of Wight where for every vacancy there are 23.7 people on Job Seekers Allowance.

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