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8 surprising statistics about searching for employment that you didn’t know

Stay ahead of the job hunting game with these surprising statistics


The digital era has made searching for anything considerably easier; if you want to find something to do on the weekend or something to buy for someone for their birthday then you can look online for inspiration. Similarly, the internet has also made looking for jobs much easier.

Recent study results, from, revealed that two thirds of the 5,000 participants asked said that they didn’t think they’d stay in their current jobs by the end of 2018. So here's some useful statistics for all of you who are looking for another job:

Mobile phones
Mobile phones are almost always in our hands, so it’s probably no surprise that 89% of job seekers think that their phones play a critical role in the job hunting process, with some admitting to using their phones to search for jobs whilst in the bathroom (come on guys, maybe have some boundaries and breaks from the job search!)

At least once every day, 45% of job seekers use their mobile devices to search for jobs.

And what are they looking at on their mobile phones you may ask? (Or you may already know, if you are one of them.) 54% admitted to reading company reviews from employees on their mobiles, whilst 52% said that they use their phones to research salary info.

Social media

Where would the 21st century be without social media? Arguably it might be in a better place, but regardless when searching for employment a study found that 79% of job seekers use social media in their search. This figure increases by 7% for younger job seekers who are in the first 10 years of their careers.

Of the 79%, or 86% for the younger job seekers, 59% of those use social media to research the companies that they are interested in.

A study found how job seekers utilise company websites and found the most important information that they are searching for:

54% read employees’ reviews
52% look at salary info

59% say it is important to save a job from their mobile device and then later apply on their desktop

This research is all very important for deciding whether or not a company is right for you, as a study found that 69% of job seekers would not take a job with a company that has a bad reputation (even if they were unemployed).

And finally, one last thought to help all you job seekers find motivation to keep at your job search, 50% of job vacancies in the UK remain unfilled after a month, with around 25% of job vacancies still open after three months. So don’t be disgruntled if you find a role that was published a month ago, there’s still hope that this could be your next job position.