Demand for supply chain professionals among North West employers is booming, reflected in a 47 per cent increase in advertised jobs.
The numbers are drawn from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, which tracks the number of available jobs in the economy since the third quarter of 2013.
Jobs in marketing are also up by 19 per cent and in sales by 15 per cent across the North West, reflecting fresh enthusiasm for bringing new products and services to market.
Advertised vacancies are also on the rise in areas such as office support, risk and human resources.
In many of these professions, job volumes are increasing at a faster pace than in London.
Chris Poole, director of Robert Walters North, said: “Attention has centred on London as the driving force behind the economic recovery.
“The intensity of job vacancy growth in North West reflects the strength of confidence in the value of moving to or establishing business operations in this region.
“Given the strength of the local talent base and high quality transport links, we expect to see this trend continue in 2015.
“We expect businesses to come under pressure to raise salaries if they are to compete for talented professionals.”
“However, with many individuals prepared to widen their job search to other parts of the country or even internationally, our advice to employers is to respond in kind,” he added.