Employment prospects in Gloucester are on the rise, with a 4.4 per cent increase in those in work from the previous year.
The city registered a 77.8 per cent employment rate between July 2012 and June 2013, higher than the previous year at 73.4 per cent.
This put Gloucester as the city with the second highest employment rate anywhere in the country, just below Reading.
GFirst, the local enterprise partnership, promotes Gloucester’s economic and commercial potential.
David Owen chief executive of GFirst, said: “It is tremendous news that Gloucester is the second highest city in the UK for employment levels.
“It is particularly pleasing to see that Gloucester also has achieved the highest percentage rise in the last 12 months.”
Gloucester is the proud home to global brands such as Olbas Oil and Wall’s icecream.
Ecclesiastical Insurance, one of the biggest employers in Gloucester, said it was still looking to add to its 600-strong ranks.
HR director Caroline Taplin said: “This is positive news for Gloucester and very encouraging to see.
“Ecclesiastical has been based in the city for more than 30 years and during that time we have always tried to create as many opportunities for work and learning for the local workforce as possible.
“We also run a graduate programme and launched an advanced apprenticeship scheme in 2013. We are always looking for talented people to strengthen our team and I hope interest in insurance sector jobs will only grow in future.”
Propping up the table were Rochdale, Liverpool and Hull.