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IT job applications see fall despite more vacancies

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Applications to IT-related jobs (opens in new tab) fell by 6.6 percent in August this year, according to a new report from job board CV-Library. At the same time, the number of jobs being advertised for IT positions rose 6.5 percent month-on-month.

Analysis of the bigger picture, however, suggests there is no reason to panic. While job numbers are still “significantly lower” than in 2019 and IT roles dropped by a “staggering” 38.8 percent year-on-year, the quantity of job applications made to IT roles this August was 35.2 percent higher than last year.

At the same time, the application-to-job ratio grew by a “massive” 121 percent year-on-year, while average salaries rose by 5.8 percent year-on-year and 0.1 percent month-on-month.

For Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, the significant drop in the number of applications is surprising, especially considering the UK government’s Job Retention Scheme is only weeks away from expiry.

However, Biggins stresses that August is typically a slower month for hiring, especially factoring in the pandemic. “It’s vital that employers don’t lose faith in the job market,” he said.

“While applications have dropped (opens in new tab) on the previous month, businesses should continue with their hiring efforts throughout September, and we should see some improvement in the coming weeks.”

“While you may not be able to provide a higher wage, be sure to publicize any benefits or perks that your business can offer instead, such as flexible or remote working."

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.