Inundated companies set bar higher for job seekers
The labour market has become a "battleground" for job seekers, with 45 applicants chasing every low-skilled job and 29 candidates fighting for higher-skilled posts, according to new figures.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's latest Labour Market Outlook report also warns that 14 per cent of companies won't employ school-leavers and 11 per cent quickly rule out the long-term unemployed.
However, the CIPD also found that the net employment balance – which measures the difference between the proportion of employers who expect to increase staffing levels and those who intend to reduce staffing levels – has increased to +9 from +5 for the previous quarter. That means a fifth consecutive quarter of projected growth, with the expected increases in employment levels over the next three months coming from manufacturing, IT and consultancy services.
"Signs of increasing buoyancy in private sector job prospects is encouraging," Gerwyn Davies, CIPD Labour Market Adviser, said. "However, the labour market at present is a battleground for job seekers, particularly those with fewer skills or qualifications. There's a danger there will be even more applicants per vacancy in the future. Em-ployers can feel overwhelmed by such a high volume of applicants and tend to set a higher bar for their needs."
- 1 The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
- 2 Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
- 3 Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
- 4 iPhone 5c to be discontinued, no iPhone 6c to replace it
The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
Spain accused of 'provocation' after letting Russian submarine refuel off Gibraltar
Allonautilus scrobiculatus: World's 'rarest' creature spotted for only the third time ever
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
iJobs Money & Business
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...
£15000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...