Demand for jobs in some areas is so high that the newest outpost of Caribbean restaurant group Turtle Bay received 1,000 applications for just 60 available positions.
Turtle Bay, which is set to open a new restaurant in Leicester's Highcross shopping centre on 13 September, had advertised for a number of roles, both in the kitchen and front of house.
But while the level of interest it received was unexpected, Turtle Bay operations director Stephen Entwistle was insistent that each application was considered.
"Despite the sheer volume of CVs that came in, we ensured we went through them all to work out who we wanted to bring to interview. We are now confident that we've chosen the restaurant team we wanted."
The applications that came in were from a "complete mixture" of people, he said, including recent graduates, unemployed young people and older people.
The Leicester restaurant will be the fifth in Turtle Bay's growing UK portfolio, with existing sites in Milton Keynes, Southampton, Bristol and Nottingham.
A sixth site is expected to open in Bath later this year.