Good news as Cambridgeshire firms create more jobs - but there are still 10 applicants for every post

MORE jobs are being created in Cambridgeshire - but there are still more applicants than jobs available.

Nearly six out of 10 employers in the county have already taken on fresh workers since May in what the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce has described as a “very positive” development.

A third are also expecting to take on fresh blood in the next quarter as Cambridgeshire continues to buck the national trend with growth in manufacturing and technical industries.

However Ian Bisset, head of recruitment at Ely-based consultants Labour Tech, said there were still 10 candidates per vacancy.

He added that they needed to move with the times to land the all-important job, saying: “It is quite surprising how many people ring up for a job and don’t have a CV.”

“There are still people who don’t want to produce a CV or can’t see the point in having one.

“Times have changed and the days when you could ring up and get a job over the phone are gone. Employers want to see CVs and the most important thing is to have a good CV. The simpler, the better.”

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Labour Tech has reported a 20 per cent increase in permanent vacancies since January this year, as well as a 30 per cent increase in temporary positions.

“In particular, we are experiencing an increase in the amount of skilled jobs in the hi-tech sectors including scientific and engineering and the amount of unskilled short-term contracts coming in from the manufacturing sectors,” Mr Bisset said.

However more of those positions are being advertised over the internet and on social networking sites, he added, meaning those without internet access could be missing out.

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce chief executive John Bridge said: “We are very fortunate that the economic outlook here in Cambridgeshire rarely reflects the negative picture painted in the national media.

“Indeed the results of our most recent quarterly economic survey showed that across the county 38 per cent of respondents were expecting to take on new staff over the coming three months, with 58 per cent having already taken on new staff in the previous three months.

“It is very positive to hear from members that these findings have now been replicated first-hand on the ground.”