The number of online job applications dropped steeply in the 4th quarter of 2015, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, revealed.
The NBS revealed this figure in an online recruitment report published on its website on Thursday, March 31.
The report revealed that online job application declined 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.