New figures released say there has been a 19 per cent growth in the number of jobs available across the East Midlands for the first three months of 2014.
This has triggered a fall in competition with the number of applications per job falling by four per cent compared to the same period last year, the totaljobs survey suggests.
At 19 per cent, the East Midlands had the largest year on year increase in jobs compared to the other regions in UK, followed by Yorkshire which posted a 15 per cent rise in job opportunities.
Dominic Harvey, Regional Director at totaljobs.com in the East Midlands, said: “Whilst it is great to see job opportunities within education rise, it’s troubling to see sectors linked to entertainment and tourism struggle.
“These industries should pick up over the next couple of months, as warmer weather sets in and more people visit from abroad.
“It’s fantastic to see that graduate and trainee jobs are flourishing in the East Midlands, just in time for young people entering the jobs market for the first time this summer.
“It’s great that this region has seen a huge number of opportunities opening up, but with a large number of job losses such as Imperial Tobacco’s recent redundancies, there is still some way to go”.
Despite a general increase in job opportunities across the UK, competition for jobs in some sectors remains fierce. The construction industry saw a rise in applications per job of 34 per cent, whilst applications for jobs in retail rose by 30 per cent. Meanwhile, applications for jobs in banking, insurance and finance rose by 22 per cent.