Job applications for roles in the public sector have risen by 31%, according to research carried out by software company Tribepad.
This calculates to being around 74 candidates per every sector vacancy in the six months to August, compared to the same period last year.
The number of roles advertised in local government authorities has grown year-on-year by 19%, while opportunities in the private sector have been reduced due to Covid-19.
Dean Sadler, CEO of Tribepad, said: ‘‘During a recession, the public sector can be seen as a safer employer for many. And throughout the pandemic, many councils have scaled up their hiring for front-line roles, such as health and social care.
‘‘So finding the right talent to fill these roles, and deliver these critical services has never been more important.”