Restaurant operator D&D London has been swamped with applications for a vacancy at its Manchester site 20 Stories in what represents an unfortunate sign of the times.
The firm revealed that it received almost 1,000 applications in 24 hours for a receptionist position at the venue.
963 people sent in an online application for just one job before the company had to close the process due to the unprecedented level of interest.
Carol Cairnes, director of people at D&D London, said the response to the vacancy demonstrated the lack of hospitality roles currently available in the industry and the huge rise in unemployment.
“The sheer number of applicants is staggering – we’ve never seen such a large number come through in such a short amount of time,” she said.
“Whilst it means we will have the pick of an incredibly large number of highly qualified candidates, it’s very sad to see how many people are in need of employment. I would love to be able to offer them all the position, but of course that’s just not possible at this time.”
20 Stories reopened at the beginning of July and was fully booked across the weekend.
Since then, the site has continued to perform well, with Manchester locals flocking to the bar and restaurant to enjoy panoramic views over the city, according to the company.