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Rise in job applications increases competition


London attracts the highest number of applications per job than any other region with a record 32 people applying for every job - but it is still faced with serious skills shortages.

Employers in the North East, North West, South East and West Midlands share the second highest rate, receiving an average of nine applications for every job, the report by Totaljobs.com found.

Northern Ireland-based employers have the lowest number of candidates per job, with just four applications for every vacancy registered on average, despite an increase in the number of jobs available in three months to June compared to the first quarter of the year.

On average, a total of 10 candidates are battling for every job going nationwide, the analysis of recruitment activity showed. Some roles, such as secretarial and PA jobs, attracted as many as 26 applications per vacancy.

The number of jobs available has increased from the first three months of the year to the second quarter, with transport, telecoms and customer service roles faring particularly well.

However, a number of sectors continue to suffer in the supply of jobs, including nursing, education and senior appointments, the study showed. Recruitment sales are currently attracting the lowest number of applications per vacancy, with just five candidates per position, the analysis found.

Meanwhile a separate survey warned London would experience a shortage of skilled candidates for posts in the second half of 2010, putting pressure on employers to offer higher wages to attract and keep hold of talented staff.


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