1,700 apply for just eight jobs at a coffee shop

Costa said they were "were shocked at the response" Credit: PA

Just over 1,700 people applied for just eight jobs at a new Costa Coffee branch in Nottingham.

Costa said they were "shocked" to receive 1,701 applications for the three full-time and five part-time posts after advertising in early December.

In an indication of how tough the jobs market remains, the position attracted applicants that included new graduates and former managers.

The coffee chain also received applications from former employees of HMV and Clinton Cards, who were both forced to call in administrators.