Quarterly job applications decline, but CV registrations rise with Exeter topping the UK list 

News Desk
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Posted Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:08pm

The latest quarterly data from CV-Library reveals an increase in UK professionals registering their CV and looking for jobs, whilst applications to vacancies continues to decline. 

Overall, the number of jobseekers registering their CV on the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, were up 5% on the last quarter, however the top ten areas in the UK recorded some even big increases in candidates looking for work:  

  1. Exeter +23.8%  

  1. Hull +20%  

  1. Bradford +16.9%  

  1. Sunderland +15.5%  

  1. Cardiff 15.4%   

  1. Swansea +13.3% 

  1. Sheffield 12.5%  

  1. Nottingham +11.1%  

  1. Leeds +10.8% 

  1. Bristol +10.2% 

The number of jobs posted across the UK continues to break records, however, candidates aren’t applying for those jobs. 

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder comments: “We’ve known about the narrative of record job postings, a decline in applications and skills shortages for some time, but to see an uplift in candidate registrations, gives new insight into the problems facing the UK job market. With increasing volumes of people registering their CV in the Exeter area over the last quarter, there is a clear discrepancy between the expectations from jobseekers and employers.”  

Biggins continues: “Candidates could be expecting higher salaries than businesses are willing to pay. Flexible working is also a sticking point with businesses not offering the levels candidates desire. There are multiple other factors at play here, but until candidates and businesses meet somewhere in the middle, these issues will not only remain, but the gap will widen further.” 

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