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Revealed: the Top 10 Most Popular Industries for Job Searches Right Now


New data from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, has found that construction and engineering jobs were the most searched for by candidates last month, following the liquidation of construction giant, Carillion in January.

The data, which analysed over 55 million sessions on CV-Library’s site in January 2018, found that the top 10 most searched industries include:

  1. Construction – 779,179 searches
  2. Engineering – 660,858 searches
  3. Administration – 490,741 searches
  4. Manufacturing – 342,882 searches
  5. Driving – 321,069 searches
  6. Education – 244,342 searches
  7. Finance – 212,880 searches
  8. Social Care – 203,262 searches
  9. Sales – 198,928 searches
  10. Customer Service – 197,071 searches

It was reported last month that 20,000 construction jobs would be cut because of Carillion’s collapse, with many more businesses being at risk due to being tied up with the company.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:

“The country has been devastated by the liquidation of Carillion and there’s a clear link between this and the fact that job searches in construction and engineering have soared.”

The news follows recent data from CV-Library, which revealed a staggering 70% increase in candidate applications in January 2018. But, while this fierce competition may seem like bad news for candidates, the UK also saw jobs increase by an impressive 38% over the same period, meaning there’s plenty of roles for job hunters to choose from.

Biggins continues:

“It’s positive to see that candidate appetite is strong across some of the UK’s core sectors, particularly as these are industries that play a vital role in the nation’s economy. What’s more, these findings are great news for organisations in these industries, many of which continue to battle ongoing skills shortages. It’s clear that there are an abundance of fantastic opportunities for the nation’s job hunters right now, with last month’s data revealing that businesses have made a confident start to the year.”

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