Nearly 2,000 job applications were received for 80 prison officer roles at the new Wrexham super jail the Daily Post can reveal.
The figure amounts to 25 applicants per post at the £212 million flagship prison site, which is due to open in February 2017.
All applications are currently being scrutinised before a select number of candidates are invited to attend an assessment day.
The application process, which began early last month, closed on January 15.
The initial salary, which is dependant on the weekly number of hours worked, ranges from £20,545 to £22,823 and includes a 17% unsocial hours payment.
That could increase to a maximum of £25,431 depending on annual performance and pay reviews.
The new prison officers will be on a 12-month probationary period and work at a nearby jail in order to gain experience prior to the opening of HMP North Wales.
A Prison Service spokesperson told the Daily Post: “We are very pleased to have received almost 2,000 applications for the first 80 prison officer roles at the new prison in north Wales.
“These are currently being assessed and successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day.
“We will be recruiting for more prison officers and other posts in the prison later this year.”
Last week we reported how construction of the prison remains on track despite workers having to contend with treacherous weather conditions.
The jail site, which is being built by Construction firm Lend Lease at the former Firestone factory base, will house more than 2,000 prisoners and is so big you could fit the Principality Stadium in it seven times over with room to spare.
It will also have 12 workshops, an education block, health centre, pharmacy, gym, sports hall and football pitch, and re-settlement and multi-faith units.
A shortlist of six potential prison names was revealed last year – Y Berwyn, Bridgeway, Marcher, Cerrig Tan, Dee Vale and Whittlesham.
The names – suggested by schools, communities and historical societies – have been sent out to interested parties for comments before a final decision is made, which must be rubber stamped by Her Majesty The Queen.