In 2022 the Core Surgical Training competition rates for the UK was 3.7:1.

This means that for every 3.7 people that applied, 1 was successfully appointed to a Core Surgical Training post. 55% of  those that applied were invited to interview and 49% of those interviewed were successfully appointed.

There are roughly 550 Core Surgical Training (CST) posts available each year but this number can vary considerably. These jobs are divided up according to deaneries. Below summarises the Core Surgical Training Competition Rates over the last few years and the number of jobs advertised.

Application roundRatio (applicants: successfully appointed)Ratio (interviewed: successfully appointed)% of applicants who were interviewed% of those interviewed that were appointed

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…

Core Surgical Training Competition Rates
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