15,000 applications sent in for just 10 jobs at Warwickshire engineering firm

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15,000 applications have been sent in for just 10 jobs advertised at a Warwickshire engineering firm.

Lontra, which only employs around 30 people, has been overwhelmed by the number of responses - they'd only expected around 1,000 applications.

This is an unprecedented volume of applications for a job posting even accounting for the recession triggered by Covid-19.

I've never known anything like it in 30 years of Recruitment.

Steve Smith-Howes, recruitment agency Glue Resourcing
  • Stuart Pickersgill, Head of Manufacturing


The successful 10 will be based at a site in Tyseley in Birmingham that the firm is setting up.

The battle for jobs comes as more than 78,000 people in Birmingham claimed unemployment benefits in June - 30,000 more than in February.

Manufacturing and exports create a strong bedrock for an economy, delivering productive and rewarding jobs that people are proud of. It is these jobs that we should be investing in as a country.

Steve Lindsey, Lontra's Chief Executive
  • People react to the news that 15,000 applications were put in for just 10 jobs


The engineering firm say successful applicants will work on a new, energy-saving compressor that's set to launch in September.

The industrial machines will be made from parts manufactured across the country. 

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