These 15 UK jobs all received more than 1,000 applications in July — one trainee paralegal role topped 4,200 applicants

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Most of the vacancies that received more than 1,000 applications in July are based in London.


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  • COVID-19 has left many people without a job, on temporary leave, or otherwise thinking about a career change. Job application numbers are soaring.
  • The job website CV-Library has revealed the UK roles that received the highest number of job applications on the site in July — and many received more than 1,000. The site normally receives an average of 25 applications per vacancy.
  • One trainee paralegal role in London received more than 4,200 applications. Scroll down to see how many job applications the top roles received. You will also find the take-home pay when you account for taxes, and the average salary for that job’s location.
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Vacancies plummeted during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK — and with many people newly unemployed, job ads proved more popular than ever. 

More than 15 jobs received more than 1,000 applications in July on the job website CV-Library. The site normally receives an average of 25 applications per vacancy. All of the vacancies had a salary below the national annual average of £30,500 ($39,942).

Below, we’ve listed all the jobs that received more than 1,000 applications, starting with the most popular. We’ve also included the take-home pay when you account for taxes, and, where available, the average salary for the job’s location, according to 2019 data from the UK Office of National Statistics and county council government data. 

1. Trainee Paralegal, London — £23,000 ($30,331), 4,228 applications

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £19,176 ($25,288).  The average annual salary in London is around £38,403 ($50,447 ). 

2. HR Assistant, London —  £23,000 ($30,331), 3,333 applications

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £19,176 ($25,288). 

3. Trainee Accountant, London — £26,000 ($34,287), 3,272 applications

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £21,216 ($27,978). 

4. Warehouse Worker, Northumberland — £20,962 ($27,643), 2,932 applications

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £17,790 ($23,460). The average annual salary in Northumberland is £18,855 ($24,865)

5. Assembly Operative, Sunderland — £18,573 ($24,493), 2,653 applications

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £16,165 ($21,317). The average annual salary in Sunderland is around £14,976 ($24,865). 

6. Administrator, Coventry — £20,475 ($27,001), 2,154 applications

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £17,459 ($23,024). The average annual salary in Coventry is around £33,700 ($44,442). 

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7. Digital Marketing Assistant, London — £20,500 ($27,034) , 2,131 applications

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £17,476 ($23,046). The average annual salary in London is around £38,403 ($50,447).

8. Programme Manager, London — 1,742 applications 

The salary wasn’t included.

9. NHS 111 Call Handler, London — £19,500 ($25,715) , 1,656 applications 

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £16,796 ($22,149).

10. Recruitment Consultant, London — £30,000 ($39,562), 1,627 applications 

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £23,936 ($31,565).

11. Sales Executive, Nationwide — 1,575 applications ​

The salary wasn’t included.

12. Junior Graphic Designer, London — £20,000 ($26,375), 1,564 applications 

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £17,136 ($22,598). The average annual salary in London is around £38,403 ($50,447).

13. Night Hygiene Operative, Gateshead — £22,035 ($29,058), 1,485 applications 

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £18,520 ($24,423). The average annual salary in Gateshead is around £21,166 ($27,912)

14. Picker Packer, London — £20,913 ($27,579), 1,451 applications 

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £17,757 ($23,417). The average annual salary in London is around £38,403 ($50,447). 

15. Food Operative, Gateshead — £21,255 ($28,030), 1,338 applications 

Minus UK taxes, take-home pay is £17,989 ($23,723). The average annual salary in Gateshead is around £21,166 ($27,912)

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