Recruitment Competition Intensifying

The competition of job vacancies in the UK is intensifying, according to a new jobs report, with 23 people vying for every vacancy.

The study, carried out by researchers from Totaljobs.com, looked at the behaviour of four million jobs seekers. It found that the jobs that have seen the highest spike in applicants have been those that require no professional skills.

The director of Totaljobs.com, John Salt, said that customer service, secretarial and retail jobs have seen a 50 per cent jump in the number of applicants in the last year. Some 46 people now apply for every job in customer service.

“The omens for 2012 are pretty grim. For starters, we are heading inexorably towards recession with no real end in sight,” Mr Salt explained. “Since March, the whole market has frozen, with companies reluctant to risk a rise in head-count when consumer confidence is taking a battering – and uncertainty around the future of the euro threatens to pull the whole economy back into recession.”

The survey also showed that certain parts of the country are experiencing significantly more intense competition than others. The South East of England is seeing 33 applications made for each job, while East Anglia is seeing just 10 applications.

Geoff Newman, chief executive of recruitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com has had similar experiences.

"A job for a delivery driver had over 450 applications within seven days. This is obviously an admin nightmare but most importantly tragic for the hundreds of applicants who are not going to be offered a job. Unfortunately I fear the problem will get worse as unemployment increases and those currently in employment feel more confident about looking for a new job."

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