Majority of Brits apply for jobs at work, survey finds

Working from home has made it easier for people to look for a new job, according to a survey. Photo: Getty

More than half of Brits admit to browsing for new jobs while they are meant to be working, a new study has shown.

About 54% of Brits have browsed recruitment websites during work hours, according to research by independent jobs board CV-Library. Alongside this, 57.7% of the 1,700 surveyed say they don’t feel guilty about it.

Nearly 80% of those surveyed said working from home during the coronavirus has made it easier for them to look for a new job.

Research from CV-Library’s website also revealed that 11am is the most popular time to canvas for new jobs, with Monday also being the busiest day for job hunting.

The recruiter analysed millions of data points between between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 to understand the popular times for traffic.

Other revelations were that nearly half (49.1%) of Brits have used a work laptop, computer or mobile to look for new work.

Alongside this, two-thirds (66.3%) said they prioritise their job hunt on weekdays rather than weekends; four in 10 say this is because they feel more focused during working hours.

One in 10 people also said that they look during working hours because they feel too tired after work. 7.7% of all applications are between the hours of 10am and 11am, according to the analysis.

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“There’s no doubt that it’s a really competitive time for job hunting. You may find yourself looking across different job sites at all hours of the day to try and find a role that’s relevant; but it’s important to search smartly,” advises Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library.

“Average application rates have soared, so it’s a good idea to get to grips with the recruitment process and what’s expected of you. Plus, there’s no use applying to every job for the sake of it – you need to tailor your application for every different role you apply for,” says Biggins.

“Set up alerts so you’re notified whenever a relevant job is posted and make sure your network is aware that you’re looking for a role. If you are still working, try to remain professional and be discreet – you don’t want to rock the boat, especially at this time,” advises Biggins.