It may not be practical for most people but it's the case that if a jobseeker is willing to get on their bike they are more likely to be successful in the south than the north,
A new study has found that places like Reading and Guildford have much lower levels of applicants per job than places like Sunderland, Hull and Bradford.
No matter where you are in the country it's getting more difficult for employers to fill vacancies as the economy absorbs the available pool of unemployed people.
While competition for jobs was highest in the north, it was also the region with the higher than average wage growth. Advertised wages grew 12.2 per cent in Yorkshire and the Humber between 2014 and 2015, the highest rate in the UK.
North East England and the East Midlands followed, with wage growth of 9.4 and 8.8 per cent respectively.
Northern Ireland and Scotland had the lowest increases in advertised wages across the UK, with Northern Ireland having 3.9 per cent growth between 2014 and 2015.
London’s year-on-year salary growth, at 4.9 per cent, is below the 6.9 per cent UK average.