As there have been no reported COVID-19 related deaths in London for the past 24 hours (08/06/20), the capital city has seen an increase of over 100 per cent for the amount of applications made per job posting.
Research from CV-Library found that London has witnessed an increase of 105 per cent year-on-year, equating to 42 applications made per job. Birmingham topped the table with 45 applications made per job but only saw an increase of 100 per cent year-on-year.
The full results are listed below:
Birmingham: 45 applications per job (up 100 per cent year-on-year)
London: 42 applications per job (up 105 per cent year-on-year)
Leeds: 33 applications per job (up 109.4 per cent year-on-year)
Newcastle: 33 applications per job (up 45.2 per cent year-on-year)
Leicester: 32 applications per job (up 136.7 per cent year-on-year)
Glasgow: 32 applications per job (up 101 per cent year-on-year)
Manchester: 32 applications per job (up 116 per cent year-on-year)
Sheffield: 26 applications per job (up 93.8 per cent year-on-year)
Aberdeen: 24 applications per job (up 113.9 per cent year-on-year)
Nottingham: 24 applications per job (up 87.2 per cent year-on-year)
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said:
The job market is shifting, and this means that competition for the roles that are available is only going to intensify. Not only do we have people entering the job market who may have sadly lost their jobs, but there are also people who are on furlough and may be worried about the security of their role once the scheme changes in August. This, coupled with the fact that there are less jobs being advertised than normal, means organisations may receive more applications right now than they would usually be in a stable market.
If you are hiring right now, try to be sensitive to candidates who may be struggling to find work. This isn’t the time to let your employer brand slip and communication is always going to be key. If possible, offer constructive feedback to people who aren’t successful and try to build up a talent pool to tap into in the future. Your hiring process may take longer than normal right now, but as long as you keep candidates up to date, you’ll continue to build a strong rapport – and not burn any bridges.
In order to gather these results, CV-Library analysed thousands of job posts advertised on its site in May, as well as the millions of job applications made to these roles, to work out the average application to job ratio in each major UK city.