An engineering firm was “overwhelmed” after receiving 15,000 applications for only 10 jobs on a new assembly line.
Lontra is opening the new line in Tyseley, Birmingham later this year, assembling industrial machinery from components made across the UK.
Now, as the scramble for jobs intensifies amid coronavirus shutdowns, the company has attracted 15,000 applicants for just 10 new positions.
Steve Smith-Howes, from recruitment agency Glue Resourcing, said: “This is an unprecedented volume of applications for a job posting, even taking into account the recession triggered by Covid-19.
“Although positions in fast-growing manufacturing companies such as Lontra are considered to be very attractive, reflecting world-class skills and the ambitions of the local workforce, I have never experienced anything like this in 30 years of recruitment.
Lontra opens new line in Tyseley, Birmingham and attracted 15,000 applications for just 10 positions
Lontra opened the first high-value Greenfield manufacturing center in the UK in Napton, Warwickshire last September
Steve Lindsey, CEO of Lontra, said: “A carrier software sector has real value for the UK, but it will be outliers like us that will transform the manufacturing and construction sectors in the UK .
“Manufacturing and exports create a solid foundation for an economy, creating productive and rewarding jobs that people are proud of. These are the jobs we should invest in as a country. ”
It comes after 484 applicants applied for two £ 9 an hour positions at the Alexandra Pub in Wimbledon, south-west London.
General manager Mick Dore posted an ad for the roles on Twitter and was stunned by the response.
He later wrote, “I don’t want to alarm anyone about the economy or anything, but I announced two jobs at a bar at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. We had over 400 applicants. Sip. ‘
The news is being reflected across the country, with bosses seeing a massive influx of applicants for entry-level jobs that would generally be unpopular.
This comes after figures from the National Statistics Office last week showed that workers fell by 74,000 last month, with 649,000 missing since the lockdown was imposed in March.
No less than 484 prospects applied for two £ 9 an hour jobs at Alexandra pub in Wimbledon, south-west London
General manager Mick Dore (pictured) posted an ad for the roles on Twitter and was stunned by the response
The high street has faced the brunt of the hardship, with retail giants such as John Lewis, Clarks and Pizza Express announcing a wave of job cuts.
Reports also suggest that Marks & Spencer will lay off hundreds of employees in the days following the first slaughter wave that will affect thousands of workers.
Mr Dore, 53, said he generally expected a dozen responses from young job seekers who have worked less at the bar.
He said that on this occasion, CVs were sent by experienced entertainment workers, former stewards and restaurant managers who had lost their jobs amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Mr. Dore ultimately hired six workers due to the high quality of the candidates.
The Fitzrovia Belle Pub and Hotel in central London has had a similar experience, with 400 people applying for a handful of jobs.
General manager Rob Fisher, 40, told the Sunday Times: “The quality of people looking for work right now is as good as it has ever been. Unfortunately, this is because of the situation people found themselves in.