Acorn has found that more people applied for pharmaceutical jobs in 2019 than any other sector.

Graduate and trainee posts were still very popular with more than 26 people going for each job advertised with Acorn, while manufacturing and production, administration and secretarial jobs also proved very popular with more than 17 people going for each post respectively.

Data analysts at Acorn have compiled a top ten list of the most popular job sectors in 2019:

  1. Pharmaceutical (30 applicants per job)
  2. Graduate and trainee (26 applicants per job)
  3. Manufacturing and production (17.2 applicants per job)
  4. Administration and secretarial (7.1 applicants per job)
  5. Utilities (16.8 applicants per job)
  6. Real estate and property (15.8 applicants per job)
  7. Defence and military (15.4 applicants per job)
  8. Logistics, distribution and supply chain (14.3 applicants per job)
  9. Fast moving consumer goods (13.9 applicants per job)
  10. Social care (13.5 applicants per job)

Pavan Arora, Director of Permanent Recruitment, said of the data: “It has been a very tumultuous year in the world of recruitment, with unemployment at an all-time low, Brexit still looming and economic uncertainty rife, so it’s great to see that our traditional sectors are still doing so well in both jobs available and the number of applicants.

“With Brexit looking like it’s now a done deal, hopefully businesses can be more confident with what is to come in 2020 and start the new decade on a positive and optimistic note. Certainly, seeing such a buoyant year for posts within manufacturing and logistics is an encouraging sign. We hope to see more in of the same moving into this new decade.”

Pavan Arora
Head of Talent Development
Pavan manages our specialist recruitment team which delivers innovative, retention focused talent solutions for permanent recruitment across the UK. Since joining the Acorn group in 2015 he has established our award-winning IT contract division as well as the Acorn talent academy which continues to offer invaluable career progression and development to new professionals within the industry.
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