MORE than 340 people applied for just one job at a Colchester company.

Bunting and Sons advertised for a receptionist to cover maternity leave but in just ten days, the company received 342 applications.

Kate Bunting, partner at Bunting and Sons, said: “We think it is a sign of the economic climate.

“We have never seen anything like it, it is staggering.”

She added: “Usually, we expect about 60 applications, so this is a massive increase.

“From an employer’s point of view, it means you have to scrutinise the applicants you get a lot more than you would have to usually.”

The company interviewed ten people, after sifting through the CVs.