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Dublin: 10 °C Wednesday 16 October, 2019

In about two hours a lot of you are going to be looking for a job

Trust us, we have the numbers to prove it.

WHETHER YOU CALL it Mondayitis or the back-to-work blues, that feeling of dread at the return to the daily grind is alive and well – and it’s making people reach for the mouse.

New analysis from Indeed, the world’s biggest job website, has revealed Irish workers are wasting little time on returning to their desks on a Monday before plotting their next career move.

The most common time for Irish job hunters to log in on their computers was about 9am at the start of each working week.

And the data showed the clicks from desktop or laptop users remained constant through the day – suggesting employees were doing plenty of searching on the sly in the office.

In comparison, mobile users mainly hit the job sites outside the standard working hours with the peak time for portable searches coming at 8pm.

But the analysis showed that by the time the weekend rolled around, most job seekers had lost interest in their next career move with clicks dropping off on Saturdays and Sundays.

The figures also revealed now was the time most Irish people started looking for new work with September and October the peak seasons for a job hunt, while locals were least likely to search in December as the silly season began to take over.

INDEED infographic Source: Indeed

Good signs, but lots of hunters

In positive news for job hunters, Indeed’s data showed there had been a 12% jump in ads for Ireland-based positions over the past year.

But its figures showed an even bigger surge in searches with visits to the company’s local site up 40% year-on-year.

Indeed Ireland managing director Gerard Murnaghan said the results were “very encouraging” for prospective job hunters and employers were generally looking to hire more talent.

As the economic recovery gathers pace, and the rate of unemployment continues to edge downwards, we expect this growth to continue,” he said.

The Central Bank last week revised down its unemployment forecasts until the end of the year and for 2015, when it expects the jobless rate to fall to 10.3%.

However the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office showed average wages were still down on their 2007 levels and only some sectors had seen their earnings rebound as the jobs market started to pick up again.

Indeed will hold its own open recruitment evening on Thursday, 16 October at the company’s Dublin offices.

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