According to a report in THE DAILY MAIL, "Regional prejudice among vicars mean some parishes are being left without clergymen for up to two years," especially in the north of England.
What this article fails to point out is that some dioceses in the north (Durham being one of them) won't appoint a person to any of their even slightly "attractive" parishes unless they are already a stipendary priest in the diocese. Even though I live in Durham diocese I cannot apply for most of the vacancies in the diocese (although I doubt that I would be offered a job even if I was allowed to apply because I suffered from depression in the past and the way I was treated by them has made me too angry to be employed by them and nobody seems willing to help me with that unless I'm prepared to take all the blame for how they treated me - that's Christianity for you).
However, if anybody out there who claims that posts in the north are being avoided because of prejudice, is able to put aside their own prejudice against people who have suffered from mental illness, please get in touch with me. I've been out of work for three years now which is a year longer than most northern parishes have to wait to get a vicar.
Due to past experience I will not be holding my breath.