In 2021 the Core Surgical Training competition ratio for the UK  was 4.6:1.

This means that for every 4.6 applicants, 1 was successfully appointed to a Core Surgical Training post. 35% of  those that applied were invited to interview and 63% of those interviewed were successfully appointed.

There are between 500 and 600 Core Surgical Training (CST) posts available each year and this number can change considerably each year. These jobs are divided up according to deaneries. Below summarises the Core Surgical Training Competition Ratios over the last few years and the number of jobs advertised.

Interview year Competition ratio (applicants: successfully appointed) Competition ratio (interviewed: successfully appointed) Percentage of applicants who were interviewed Percentage of those interviewed that were appointed
2017 2.5 2.0 83% 49%
2018 3.3 2.8 85% 35%
2019 2.8 2.3 81% 44%
2020 4.0 2.4 59% 42%
2021 4.6 1.6 35% 63%

These competition rates do not refer to the likelihood of being offered a job in your first choice deanery. Because certain deaneries are more competitive, applicants looking to secure jobs there will need to ensure that they score highly at the interview stage.

The annual change in the number of applicants and those successfully appointed following interview is shown in the graph below…

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