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Admin jobs most sought after in UK

According to new data provided by the UK?s leading independent job board CV-Library, the administration sector has the highest level of competition, with 57.3 applicants per job across the UK.

Coming in second was the customer services sector with an average of 37 applicants per job, closely followed by the Distribution sector with 36.2.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, told Recruitment Grapevine when asked why administration received the highest number of applicants: “Administration has always been a historically competitive job role and our recent figures support this.

“Despite being a highly demanding role, it?s one of the few jobs that will accept applications from candidates without specific industry qualifications or degree, so can be popular with candidates that prefer to have a more hands-on approach to learning.

“Job-hunters can also view admin roles as good inroads to a new company or sector and utilise the opportunity to progress their career.”

However, overall job competition has decreased from an average of 18.3 per job in May last year; a reduction of 15.4% year-on-year. Despite the number of job hunters increasing year-on-year by 11.6%, actual job applications only increased by 9.6%.

The most competitive job sectors in May 2015 in the UK were:

  • 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

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