The National Bureau of Statistics has released its Online Recruitment Report for the period May 2015 to September 2015. In the report, the number of applications completed rose significantly over the period under consideration, rising from 212,409 in May to 313,694 in September.
In contrast, the number of vacancies posted remained relatively stable, from 3,897 in May to 4,441 in September, meaning that they have become more competitive over the period, NBS reports. Thus there were 70 people chasing one job opening for the month of September. Here are other highlights of the report;
- The Trade/Services industry dominated in the number of vacancies posted, with over two thirds of vacancies were posted by companies operating within this industry, and an average of 36% of applications made during the period made to such companies.
- The majority of applicants were highly educated, with over 70% being educated to degree level or higher. In addition, the majority of applicants were between the ages of 20 and 30 years.
- Lagos State was the most active and dominant state during the reference period, accounting for over half of both applications and vacancies posted. Over 7,000 applicants were based outside of Nigeria.
- Applications Over the period the number of applications received grew considerably, from 212,409 in May to 313,694 in September, showing that the number of applications grew by roughly 50%.
- There is a clear upward trend in the number of applications; every month saw an increase apart from July, when the number fell by 56,563 or 21%. The largest increase in the number of applications was between July and August, when the number increased by 73,625, or 34%
- Interestingly 7,075 applicants were based outside Nigeria, which constitutes 5% of all applicants. This was more than the all of the states in the North East and North West combined.
- The states from which there were the least applicants were Yobe and Jigawa, from which there were 61 and 74 applicants respectively.