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Tuesday lunchtime is peak time for job applications say Reed Employment

- 21% of jobseekers apply for roles at 1pm, Tuesday at work
- November is the top month for permanent job placements
- Jobseekers should expect pay to decrease in July and September in face of tough competition

19 November 2007 – It’s Monday lunchtime in the office around 1pm and according to the largest UK recruiter, Reed Employment, this is the peak time for jobseekers to search for a new role. According to the company’s analysis of 2.5 million jobseekers on its online database, 21% of candidates search for jobs at this time, however, the same number of job seekers return on Tuesday at 1pm to upload their CVs to apply for jobs.

Employers should take note, as the overwhelming majority of companies post their new vacancies onto the Reed Employment website on Fridays at 5pm (21%), fully expecting job seekers to be searching for their dream jobs over the weekend – this is not the case. To ensure their jobs are seen first by applicants they need to advertise instead on Monday mornings, when the majority of people are looking.

November is the busiest month for permanent job placements; a trend which has been consistent year on year. The next most popular months are September and June. July is the peak time for registrations, closely followed by January, when New Year resolutions often include career changes.

Janine Parry, Head of Marketing at Reed Employment commented, “November is always our busiest period for placing applicants into permanent roles. Companies often find they have budget still remaining and are keen to fill their positions before next year’s figures are decided, and before the Christmas lull.”

“However, employers should not be dissuaded though from recruiting in December, there are plenty of good candidates on the market still and employers will have more time to interview them at their leisure and ensure these employees settle in well before next year. This is a good time for candidates too, with less competition from other jobseekers, they are in a stronger position to negotiate a better salary.”

Candidates should also be aware that the timing of their job hunt could have an impact on the salary they secure. The research shows that on average jobseekers’ salaries drop in July and September when there many more jobseekers on the market and employers have more choice.


About Reed Employment

Reed Employment is the UK’s leading independent specialist provider of administrative, clerical and support staff. Assisting jobseekers and Employers for over 40 years, a combination of a national network of over 150 branches and the industry-leading website,, mean that Reed Employment has the widest selection of skilled candidates and job opportunities available in the UK.

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