These are some of the jobs with the toughest competition locally.

The most applied for position at Kirklees Council over the last two years was for business support officer roles, with almost 800 applicants for 51 jobs.

But the job with the most applicants per individual role advertised was a cleaning position, which is a grade three job.

In the last two years the highest applied for jobs at Kirklees Council are as follows (all salaries given are based on full time):

Business support officers: 791 applicants for 51 jobs, salary £17,072.

Catering assistants: 245 applicants for 91 part time jobs, salary £15,807.

Community and assessment support workers: 245 applicants for 11 jobs, salary £18,070.

Refuse collectors: 206 applicants for 11 jobs, salary £17,072.

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Support workers: 191 applicants for 39 jobs, salary £17,072.

Assistant gardener: 116 applicants for 30 jobs, salary £16,123.

Flexible catering assistants: 107 applicants for numerous rolling part time jobs, salary £15,807.

Parking operations officers: 80 applicants for three jobs, salary £18,070.

Empty homes cleaners: 73 applicants for two part time jobs, salary £15,807.

In neighbouring Calderdale the jobs with the most applicants were a customer service advisor; casual library assistants; ‘safer cleaner greener’ operatives (maintenance, groundswork and cleaning); community wardens and permanent library assistants.