Articles by Smart Recruit Online

1 in 4 Employees Search for Jobs During lunch Breaks

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Sophie Parrott

It has originally been thought that if a candidate is already in a job, it can be difficult to find the time to search for a new job. But new research commissioned by has revealed that one in four UK workers are ditching lunch dates with colleagues, and are instead looking for their next role during their lunch break.

The study found that it was more common among the younger generations, as 33% of workers aged between 22 and 35 admitted to applying for jobs while sitting at their desks.

In contrast, older workers were more likely to search for new jobs outside of working hours, with 58% of over 55s looking for jobs once they get home from work.

Mark Rhodes, Marketing Director at commented: “For most of us, our mobiles are never too far from reach, so it’s not surprising that we often turn to our phones to check out new jobs – even at our desks.

“But if you’re one of those wishing you were somewhere else every day you get into work, it’s probably the right time to move on. Ideally before your boss finds out.”

These statistics show that there is a huge amount of passive talent out there actively looking at employment opportunities. However, attracting the best people and getting them to actually apply for your vacancy requires a very well written and engaging job advert, followed by an efficient recruitment campaign and management process in order to retain your applicants’ interest.

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