February 4th is expected to be the busiest day of the year for job searches, with website traffic up 66 per cent compared to the daily average in 2019.

Tomorrow (February 4th) will be the busiest day of the year for Irish job seekers searching for new roles, according to Jobs.ie research, with lunchtime being the most popular time of the day to apply for jobs.

Based on last year’s figures, traffic on this day is 66 per cent higher than the yearly average. The Irish recruitment website analysed website traffic patterns to the website from October 2018 to September 2019, identifying the number of visitors and peak periods of activity.

“As people begin to put their New Year’s resolutions into action, career goals are often to the fore”

On this day, employers who are actively recruiting new employees can expect a peak in jobseeker activity.

In a typical week, lunchtime proves to be the most popular time for jobseekers to submit a job application. Just over half (53 per cent) of these applications are submitted in the first three days of the week.

“Those (employers) with a clear and defined recruitment strategy and employer brand will be best positioned to take advantage of the spike in available candidates”

Commenting of the data, Christopher Paye, general manager at Jobs.ie said; “Late-January to early-February is always one of the busiest times of year for recruitment. As people begin to put their New Year’s resolutions into action, career goals are often to the fore.

“For some people, this may mean looking to progress within their current organisation and for others it represents a key time to start considering a completely new role.

“As a result, we tend to experience a significant increase in job searches and applications in the first few months of the year. This is particularly true on February 4th, where visits to the site were up 66 per cent on an average day in 2019. Interestingly we also see another surge in September as people return to work after the Summer holiday.”

Mr Paye also believes that now is an opportune time for employers to begin advertising new vacancies and to invest in the future of the company’s brand. “In a very competitive recruitment market, those with a clear and defined recruitment strategy and employer brand will be best positioned to take advantage of the spike in available candidates.

“For those who may not be actively recruiting, we would encourage them to ensure that their current employees are happy this morning – otherwise they could be applying for a new job by lunchtime,” he added.  

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By Stephen Larkin

Published: 3 February, 2020

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