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Half of us search for a new job whilst at work

• Mobile data from jobs site Monster.co.uk shows 49% of job searches take place between 9am-5pm

• 58% increase in job searches on the commute home, suggesting people look for a new job after a rough day

• Wednesday, ‘hump-day’, is the most popular day to upload CVs

• Nearly a third (32%) of job seekers, search for a job on their mobile phone – with 37% of Gen Z applying for jobs on their mobiles

• Despite this, only 49% of HR professionals believe that having a mobile friendly job site is important to their hiring strategy. And 9% admit it’s not always possible to apply for the jobs they advertise via mobile

• Monster warns recruiters risk losing the attention of the next generation of job seekers unless they embrace a mobile first strategy.

Monster.co.uk reveals half of Brits are searching for new jobs while at their desks, with 49% of job searches via Monster’s mobile app taking place between 9am-5pm.

‘Hump day’ blues are also driving the desire to find that dream job with Wednesday identified as the most popular day of the week for candidates to upload their CV and start searching and applying for a new job.

Further research commissioned by Monster shows that more people than ever are now searching on the go for their perfect job, with nearly a third of UK job seekers (32%) searching on their mobiles and over a quarter turning to job focused apps (26%). Monster also saw a 58% increase in the amount of people actively searching for a new job via their mobile phones on their commute home (5-7pm) perhaps spurred by a rough day at work.

The transition to mobile is even more prevalent amongst Gen Z (those born after 1995) with 56% saying they have searched via mobile for a job and a third (33%) saying they’ve even applied for a job from their mobile device. This trend isn’t just confined to those just entering the workforce, almost a third (30%) of Millennials have also applied for a job via their mobiles, followed by 22% of Gen Z and 14% of Baby Boomers.

Despite the increasing use of mobile for job searches, only 49% of HR professionals believe that having a mobile friendly job site, or even an app, is important to their hiring strategy. And 9% of HR professionals admit that it’s not always possible to apply for the jobs they advertise via mobile. Research has shown that over 50% of candidates who attempt to apply for a job on a mobile device today abandon the process, and the lack of progress made to serve mobile searches is a key reason.

With the UK’s employment figures remaining steady and job vacancies at their highest level than ever before, the job market remains at its most competitive. Monster warns that recruiters and HR professionals who aren’t adapting their strategy to reflect this transition fast enough risk missing out on talent.

Monster.co.uk’s VP of Marketing Europe, Sinead Bunting, comments, “Generation Z are a mobile first generation, turning to their phones for dating, shopping and now to boost their careers. Today’s job seekers expect to be able to view jobs seamlessly on their mobile devices and to be able to apply for them quickly and easily.

“Apps like Monster Job Search do this by harnessing the latest technology in a way that’s quick and easy to use, helping candidates find and apply for jobs on the go and on their mobiles, something that wasn’t on offer until fairly recently. We’ve worked hard at removing the barriers to applying for jobs, so users can simply swipe their way to their dream job – exactly like finding a date on Tinder.

“Recruiters need to reflect this in their offering, building well designed and functional apps to attract talent, allowing candidates to follow the application process through on mobile from search to job acceptance seamlessly, or risk losing the attention of the next generation of talent.”

To help recruiters access the mobile first market Monster launched Monster Job Search App, an app that helps candidates search, swipe and apply for opportunities on the go, and recruiters tap into the mobile talent pool.

Monster Job Search App requires just three simple steps:

• Users create a profile in just two clicks, using social media or uploading a CV to populate their work history

• Advanced matching technology filters through 200,000 roles to find the most relevant jobs for the user

• Simply apply for or reject jobs with a single swipe – just as you would with Tinder.

Users can edit their work profile and can easily upload a full CV directly from Monster or popular services such as Dropbox or Google Drive. An easy swipe right allows candidates to “apply” and their CV or profile will automatically be submitted – no fuss and no delays.

Monster Job Search is available to download on Android and iPhone here. More information on Monster’s mobile products can be found here.


Media Contacts

Sofia Cabrera / Ena Cosic / Max Foster: 0207 924 5656 or monster@capellapr.com

Notes to editor

1. Research referred to in the release was conducted between February 26th to March 13th 2018 by YouGov in an online survey of 1,965 full and part-time employees aged 18-64 in the UK that is representative by age, gender and industry commissioned by Monster.

2. Monster.co.uk data on candidate activity on the mobile app, mobile site and via desktop

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