Saturday, August 15, 2020

Job applications rise and competition intensifies

Competition for jobs has intensified as the lockdown eased with applications rising by 32% in June, according to a new market report.

The report, from CV-Library, found that there were 106% more applicants battling it out for every job than there was a year ago.

The job board analysed its data from June 2020 and compared the findings with May 2020 and June 2019 to see how the job market is fairing right now.

Leicester and Nottingham were the cities which experienced the biggest increase in applications last month when comparing month-on-month data, rising 47.6% and 45.9% respectively.

In addition, the industries which saw the biggest rises in job applications month-on-month include sales (82.5%), recruitment (66.2%), design (60%), marketing (56.8%), administration (56.5%), accounting and finance (49.5%), education (44.2%), property (43.1%), charity (41.2%), leisure/tourism (38.3%).

They also rose the most in sales (290.9%), design (279.2%), customer service (232.2%), recruitment (225.9%), marketing (210.1%), engineering (202.5%), retail (199.1%), accounting and finance (184.2%), automotive (173.2%) and agriculture (171.9%).

The industries that have seen the biggest drop in jobs compared to last year include catering (down 91.2%), design (down 84.5%), administration (down 82.5%), media (down 81.2%), sales (down 80.8%), recruitment (down 77.9%), retail (down 76.9%), customer service (down 74.9%), automotive (down 73.1%) and marketing (down 72.6%).

“The rise in applications will be welcome news to organisations that have struggled to source top talent in recent years. However, the sad reality is that hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to look for a new role because of the pandemic,” said Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library.

“Competition for these jobs is intensifying and businesses need to be sensitive of the situation and remember that employer branding is still important. Try to give constructive feedback, communicate your hiring timeline and be as honest and open as possible with candidates.”

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