New research from CV-Library has uncovered the jobs that received more than 1,000 applications each on its site last month, proving the heightened level of competition in the UK jobs market.
Trainee paralegal (4,228 applications), HR assistant (3,333 applications) and trainee accountant (3,272 applications) were among the top three roles that garnered the highest level of interest from candidates in July 2020.
Warehouse worker, administrator and digital marketing assistant also received a wealth of applications last month too.
This news comes as many Brits look for new roles following furlough, redundancy or simply because they want a career change.
Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library said that, on average, job postings on its site receive circa 25 applications per job, “so these figures are really massive”.
“The job market has done a complete 180, so while companies may have struggled to recruit before the pandemic, they’re now being bombarded with applications from professionals who are desperate for a new job.
“Of course, this is good news for companies that are recruiting, but it does mean you need a robust hiring process which enables you to easily monitor applications, screen applicants and make the right hires; quickly and effectively,” Biggins added.
Elsewhere, CV-Library’s research found that most job roles that received more than one thousand applicants were based in London.
Roles based in Northumberland, Sunderland, Coventry, Gateshead, as well as nationwide jobs, also made the rankings.
Manchester restaurant overwhelmed by applications for role
Last month, a Manchester restaurant hit headlines after it received almost 1,000 applications for a receptionist role within 24 hours of it being posted.
When the restaurant 20 Stories posted the vacancy online, it only expected to receive circa 30 applicants and was therefore shocked to see such enormous interest, according to the Guardian.
Carol Cairnes, Director of People at the restaurant’s owner, D&D London, said: “The sheer number of applicants is staggering, we’ve never seen such a large number come through in such a short amount of time.
“While it means we will have the pick of an incredibly large number of highly qualified candidates, it’s very sad to see how many people are in need of employment.”
Recent research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that around 730,000 Brits have lost their jobs in the UK since lockdown measures were imposed in March.
With separate research from the CIPD finding that one-third of UK-based employers are expected to shed staff by October, it seems that the worst cuts are yet to come.
While it’s not possible for HR professionals and recruiters to provide unique feedback to every single candidate, Biggins urged employers to ‘remember they are dealing with humans’.
“Acknowledging applications and sending polite rejection emails to people who aren’t successful will be appreciated. Hiring professionals have spent years perfecting their candidate engagement efforts; don’t let it all go to waste now,” Biggins added.
The top 15 jobs that received more than 1,000 applications each in July 2020
No. of applications
Digital Marketing Assistant
NHS 111 Call Handler
Junior Graphic Designer
Night Hygiene Operative
The findings unearthed that 146 jobs posted on the job site received between 500 and more than 3,000 applications last month. 44 of the jobs garnered between 500 and 600 applications.