June Job Applications Up 32%

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Companies of all shapes and sizes have suffered over the last few months as a result of the global pandemic and enforced lockdown, having to shut their doors for more than three months at great cost, from both a business and personal perspective.

Unemployment has certainly increased since March and the introduction of lockdown, and this could make it harder for people to find new opportunities, given new research revealing that job applications climbed by 32 per cent in June, with 106 per cent more applicants per job compared to this time a year ago, HR News reports.

The latest job market report from CV-Library has revealed the cities with the biggest and above average rises in applications, with Leicester, Nottingham, Brighton, Leeds and Liverpool heading up the list.

The industries that saw the biggest increases in job applications month on month were sales, recruitment, design, marketing, administration, accounting and finance, education, property, charity and leisure and tourism.

Commenting on the results, founder and CEO of CV-library Lee Biggins said: “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.”

Independent thinktank Resolution Foundation has now called on the government to deliver the biggest job creation programme seen in peacetime, with a job protection scheme introduced to subside the wages of hospitality workers – important given Office for Budget Responsibility figures projecting that unemployment will hit ten per cent later in 2020.

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