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Job Seeker Activity Rises As More Jobs Become Available

UK job seeker activity is rising alongside the number of advertised jobs, according to CV-Library’s July Job Market Report.

Compared to June figures, July proved to be a positive month for both job seekers and employers & recruiters. Advertised jobs (+23.10%), job searches (+21.85%) and job applications (+38.98%) were all up, according to independent findings taken from the new report by the UK’s leading independent online job board, CV-Library.

The report, published monthly, sheds light on job seeking trends and UK employment opportunities.

Key findings from the report (available at show that July saw more active job seekers on a yearly and monthly comparison, as well as an increase in the number of jobs available. For CV-Library, candidate behaviour challenged seasonal trends as July CV registrations exceeded record breaking January figures – an unheard feat, with the turn of the year annually outperforming other months.

Alongside rising employment figures (Office for National Statistics, July 2013), CV registrations have increased year-on-year during July (+72.13%) and month-by-month compared to June (+19.24%). This rise between June and July shows early indications of quarterly recovery during Q3 following a fall of -9.97% between Q1 and Q2. July even outperformed January by +4.74% when registrations were previously at their highest.

“It’s great to see some real improvements in the UK job market for both candidates and recruiters,” said CV-Library’s Managing Director Lee Biggins.

“Receiving record breaking job applications and CV registrations in a summer month is virtually unheard of and demonstrates how many more employment opportunities there are. It will be interesting to see how the statistics compare in the following months.”

For the second successive month, administration jobs have received the most applications-per-job at 63.86 while the overall average number of applications-per-job are up from 9.41 to 17.29.

The number of advertised jobs rose by +23.10% - with all major industries, except one, seeing a rise in vacancies. The top three, according to increase, were hospitality (+73.59%), distribution (+68.97%) and telecoms (+43.52%). Education was the only industry to see a drop, at -0.96%. Overall, the industries with the most opportunity were engineering, IT, construction, education and sales.

“Another highlight for CV-Library is the increase in mobile traffic and engagement. The recruitment industry needs to keep an eye on these behavioural trends and ensure that we’re offering job seekers what they want,” continued Biggins.

Other findings show that the monthly average number of applications made per candidate are up to 6.09, while the number of applications made via a smartphone have grown by 10.22% between June and July.

For more information, including to read the full report, visit

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Morgan Applegarth .

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