The number of flexible workers and permanent employees applying for jobs in the infrastructure and manufacturing sector has surged during the last month, according to new data released by job site CV-Library.

Job applications soared by a staggering 36.5% during May 2014 after the relatively quiet months of March and April. The sector is currently thriving, with the number of jobs in the industry also climbing by 24% year-on-year.

The rise in the number of applications will be a boon for businesses, as they will have a larger pool of talented contractors and freelancers from which to choose. There were an average of 31.3 applications for every role last month – a 19.75% increase and greater than any other sector in May.

The average application to job role ratio fell by 2.6% for all sectors across the country, which suggests that the buoyant manufacturing market is not part of a wider trend; in fact, jobs in sectors such as retail, property and telecoms dropped by more than 20%, with an average of just 10 applicants registering their interest in telecoms jobs on the site.

CV-Library founder and managing director Lee Biggins said: “The growth in the number of candidates applying for jobs in the manufacturing sector is excellent news for businesses in the industry. This rise means organisations have a broader spectrum of skilled professionals to choose from, meaning they can be much more selective when filling roles.”

He added: “For job-hunters, this can result in a more competitive application process and candidates should do their best to stand out from the crowd when submitting their CVs.”

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