By Ololade Julianah
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the number of online job applications fell sharply in the 4th quarter of 2015.
The bureau reveals this figure in an online recruitment report published on its website on Thursday.
According to the report, online job application declines from 318,233 in October to 170,453 in December.
“Although the number of vacancies rose slightly between October and November, from 4,620 to 4,696, the number also fell sharply in December to 2,563, a decline of 44.52 per cent relative to October,” it said.
The report said that trade/services attracted largest number of applications.
It said that power/energy and travel/tourism were the industries to receive the most applications per each vacancy, receiving 461 and 366 respectively.
The report said the figure made them the most competitive industries to apply for on the Jobberman website, an online recruitment service company in Nigeria.
“Active applicants were predominantly male (67.77 per cent) and well educated, with 77.61 per cent being educated to degree level or higher.
“However, this figure was only 22.34 per cent for those under the age of 20.
“Lagos remained the state to account for the largest share of applications and vacancies,” it said.
The NBS partnered with Jobberman Recruitment, to periodically publish information on online recruitment activities in Nigeria.
The main objective of this collaboration is to provide policy makers, researchers and the general public with as much relevant and timely information.