More than 1300% increase in applications for some job roles. How COVID-19 has shifted demand in the recruitment market

  1. 1300% shift in four-month period in certain sectors
  2. Year-on-year shift across all roles increases by average of 144%
  3. Candidates swapping sectors to find employment

Applicants are outweighing job vacancies, with increases as high as 1363% for certain roles in the four months from March to July, according to research from Search Consultancy.

The ratio of applicants applying for all available jobs has, on average, more than doubled during the pandemic when looking at year-on-year comparisons, with a major spike as the UK entered its fourth month of lockdown.

Search Consultancy is a provider of recruitment and executive search services to UK businesses. On analysing the market shift over the course of the year with huge increases in certain roles, pointing to a shift from a candidate-led job market to a client-led one.

Compared to the same period in 2019, the response-to-application ratio from March 2020 – July 2020, showed an increase of 144% year-on-year.

The picture is more stark when comparing like-for-like application data from pre-lockdown with those towards the end. Search looked at the number of people applying for the same roles in March and July of 2020 and the results show staggering increases, in some cases by over 1300 %

The top four roles seeing the biggest shift


Job title


Increase between March and July 2020 (%)




Warehouse Loader


Inbound Customer Service Advisor


Customer Service Representative



With demand shifting, Search has pivoted towards providing extra support for candidates with the provision of help and resources and in many instances helping them transition to completely new sectors.

From the start of the pandemic up until the end of June, Search’s specialist hospitality team placed more 400 temps into healthcare roles, and provided care homes and hospitals with kitchen staff, ward assistants and porters to meet the demand.

This was in addition to the 1,300+ health and social care temps that Search had also placed into key worker positions through its specialist healthcare division.

Dominic Starkey, Search Group Marketing Director, said:

“We are experiencing more than double the amount of applications to any job we post compared with last year. And for some roles, such as General Manager positions, the number of applications for advertised roles has jumped by over 1300%.

“This points to a UK job market that is drastically shifting from one where candidates enjoyed the balance of power, to one that now very much favours employers. It is a trend that look set to continue.

“Though Britain is slowly getting back to work, as restrictions ease, factors such as a second wave of the virus and an abrupt end to the Brexit transition period will likely see this ratio continue or even increase further.

“Employers are in a position now where they’re spoilt for choice when it comes to filling positions, but for candidates it’s an uncomfortably crowded marketplace. As a multi specialist recruiter we are well placed to help people understand their options and where they have transferable skills to explore other sectors where there are opportunities, seen by the pivoting within our hospitality team.”

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Lucrative private tutor roles lure unhappy UK teachers from schools

London, UK;  November 2019 – Results of a poll published by the UK’s largest teaching union earlier this year said that around one in five teachers (18%) plan to leave classroom teaching within the next two years. Figures also showed that around 36,000 working-age teachers had left the profession last year.

Some blame the volume of marking, the excessive number of pupils in classes, the sheer diversity of learning needs, others the unrealistic expectations of senior management or the absence of a satisfying work/life balance. Many say the environment is negatively affecting their mental and physical wellbeing.

One such teacher shared his story recently in a blog published on, where he explained how he left school teaching after 12 years in the profession.

“I enjoyed teaching and learning, but the workload was crazy and the various and competing demands from the numerous audiences I was expected to satisfy were proving too much. For many months, I noted, as did my family and friends, that the job was making me feel stressed and deeply unhappy,” the former teacher says.

Around this time, he came in contact with an old friend who had been working as a private home tutor to a family in Moscow.

He was working for a wealthy Russian family for just a few hours a day (late afternoon to early evening), five days a week. His salary was much higher than that of a class teacher in the UK. The family rented an apartment for him to live in. There was also some exciting international travel involved. His social life in Moscow was fantastic.”

The idea piqued his interest though he says he wasn’t altogether confident that he would be the right fit for such a role. But his friend was encouraging and said his years of teaching counted highly in his favour.

The teacher registered with an agency and secured the first post he applied for – a private position working for a family in India with one son, aged 11. Much like his friend, he worked for just a few hours per day, five days a week, had his own apartment provided and enjoyed a substantial salary increase, as well as having the opportunity to travel.

“I had found my way out of classroom life and went on to enjoy four fantastic years in India, enjoying all that is good about being a teacher. It was the happiest of times from which I took great memories and made wonderful friends.

The same teacher recently moved to Moscow to fill a new position with a family, enjoying similar perks and the benefits of living in a new and exotic location.

“While the UK government struggles with attempts to address teacher workload and professional pressures, teachers who have the freedom to consider the option of private tutoring abroad, may find a new world opening up before them with greater flexibility, less stress and a more fulfilling lifestyle,” says James Alger, Founder of Jobs in Childcare, a jobs site that connects nannies, governesses, early years specialists, child-carers, teachers and tutors with a wide range of vacancies across the globe.

Looking back now the former teacher says he almost regrets not having left sooner.

“I couldn’t at the time even conceive that there could be opportunities out there for me to continue to teach and enjoy all of the unquestionable positives of the job and also largely rid myself of the negatives that had driven me to such despair. I would definitely recommend exploring the very real option of becoming a governess/governor or private tutor abroad or even in the UK.
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