The main difference is that round 2 will be smaller with fewer programmes available and fewer interview centres.
Other than that the process will proceed in much the same way as round 1. More information is found on the round 2 page of the website.
Because of the overlap between the two rounds, at the beginning of round 2 we will only be able to give an estimate of whether a region will have vacancies available.
When round 1 closes - we will be able to give a more accurate summary of the availability of programmes. However, please note that there are no guarantees of accuracy, as post numbers are subject to change during the round. If a region has no vacancies at the start of the round, it is possible they will add some during the process if any become available. Therefore, the only way to be in contention for posts which may arise later in the round is to submit an application.
What we will publish is:
- By the opening date for round 2 applications: an indication of each region's likelihood to have posts. Examples of the level of information we will publish for each region include:
- not expected to have any vacancies
- may have a few vacancies
- very likely to have vacancies, expected to have at least 10
- By the close of round 1: we will update this with the latest numbers known at that time.
As in round 1, vacancy numbers for round 2 will be published to the dates & posts page of this website.
The document library contains fill rates from recent years which shows the number of programmes that were available in round 2 each year. Whilst there is no guarantee from one year to the next this will be indicative.
Until round 1 is completed it is very difficult to be able to specify which regions will have vacancies and how many will be available. However round 2 will have considerably fewer posts than round 1; around 80% of all programmes are usually filled in round 1.
Experience from previous years indicates that even those regions which filled all their programmes in round 1 could have programmes available in round 2, although this is likely to be a small number.
Fill rates from previous years, which are published in the document library, give an indication of potential vacancy numbers.
This is entirely up to you! However, if you apply in round 2, but then need to withdraw your application shortly afterwards due to accepting an offer via your round 1 application - this is absolutely not a problem.
The application period for round 2 overlaps the end of the offers period for round 1. If you are still waiting for an outcome our advice is to be prepared to submit an application in round 2 so that if it appears you will not find out in time you are ready to submit before the deadline.
If you apply in round 2, and then receive a round 1 offer, don't feel under any pressure to accept it; if you would prefer to decline the offer and proceed with your round 2 application, then by all means you can do so.
Regardless of whether your round 1 application was successful or unsuccessful, you can still make an application in round 2. Recruiters/interviewers will not even know you made an application in round 1, less still its outcome.
One caveat to add here is that, if you accept a post in round 1, then re-apply and go on to accept a second post offer in round 2, it will be necessary to release one of your accepted posts, notify that region, then make arrangements with them regarding working a notice period; although in most cases, provided that you notify them as soon as you accept another offer, this will not be necessary.
Yes. If your visa/immigration status means your application is subject to the RLMT, you can be assessed as eligible in round 2, unlike round 1.
However, please note that before a post can be offered to an RLMT-subject candidate, all appointable candidates without restrictions must be considered first. This means that their might be a slight delay in offers being made to RLMT-subject candidates and they will be considered after other candidates, even if they scored higher.
More information on the resident labour market test (RLMT) is given on the UK eligibility page of this website.