CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has revealed how admin jobs in Leeds faced more competition than any other job in any other region last month, receiving an average of 71 applicants per position.
This figure was significantly greater than that seen on a national scale of 57.3, with those applying for admin roles in Leeds having to fend off at least 13 extra candidates than in other parts of the UK.
In addition, the online recruitment site reviewed its nationwide job applications across each sector in May 2015, which revealed the following as the most competitive job sectors in the UK:
- Administration – 57.3 applicants per job
- Customer Services – 37 applicants per job
- Distribution – 36.2 applicants per job
- Manufacturing – 31.3 applicants per job
- Retail – 27.4 applicants per job
- Hospitality – 25.9 applicants per job
- Public Sector – 22.9 applicants per job
These figures are considerably higher than last month’s average nationwide number, which CV-Library announced as 15.9 applicants per job across all industries.
Despite this though, overall job competition has actually declined in the last year, with applicant numbers reducing from 18.3 per job posting in May 2014, to 15.9 in May 2015; a reduction of 15.4% year-on-year.
CV-Library’s data correlates with recent reports of a job surge post-election, showing an overall increase of 29.8% of job roles posted in the UK in May 2015. However, although the number of job hunters also increased year-on-year by 11.6%, the number of actual job applications increased by a lesser amount of 9.6%, signifying that businesses need to be even savvier when attracting new talent.
Lee Biggins, founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, explained: “Reduced competition is obviously great news for candidates. However, the figures imply that job hunters are being much more selective when applying for their next role. With job numbers on the rise, it is more important than ever for UK recruiters to attract top professionals to their books and to go the extra mile to understand their needs.”
CV-Library contains more CVs than any other job board, with 8.8 million candidates on its database.