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Job applications spike by more than 1300% for some roles

By Dawn Gibson

The ratio of applicants to available jobs has more than doubled on average during the pandemic, with some roles attracting increases of more than 1300%, according to research from Search Consultancy.

Compared to the same period in 2019, the response-to-application ratio from March to July 2020 showed an increase of 144% year-on-year. 

The picture is starker when comparing like-for-like application data from pre-lockdown to towards the end. Search looked at the number of people applying for the same roles in March and July of 2020 and the results are staggering.

There was a 1363% increase in applications for administrators, a 786% rise for warehouse loaders, a 353% increase for inbound customer service advisors and a 329% increase for customer service representative roles.

Dominic Starkey, Search group marketing director, said: “We are experiencing more than double the amount of applications to any job we post compared with last year. And for some roles, such as general manager positions, the number of applications for advertised roles has jumped by over 1300%. 

“Though Britain is slowly getting back to work, as restrictions ease, factors such as a second wave of the virus and an abrupt end to the Brexit transition period will likely see this ratio continue or even increase further.

“Employers are in a position now where they’re spoilt for choice when it comes to filling positions, but for candidates it’s an uncomfortably crowded marketplace.”

Search Consultancy, a provider of recruitment and executive search services to UK businesses, has pivoted towards providing extra support for candidates, in many instances helping them transition to completely new sectors.

From the start of the pandemic up until the end of June, Search’s specialist hospitality team placed more than 400 temps into healthcare roles, and provided care homes and hospitals with kitchen staff, ward assistants and porters to meet the demand. 

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