HR · 8 February 2018

The ten most popular industries for jobseekers right now

There 1, 440, 037 searches for construction and engineering jobs in January 2018
New online search data has revealed the most popular industries for job-seeking professionals, producing rankings from 55m user sessions.

The figures were pulled by job site CV-Library in January 2018, providing an overview of Britain’s labour market and which industries are in greatest demand among jobseekers.

Most revealingly, the highest number of searches emerged from construction and engineering, clocking up 779, 179 and 660, 858 respectively.

The demand for jobs in both sectors followed the collapse of construction giant Carillion last month. It was reported that 20, 000 jobs could be cut throughout the firm’s supply chain, with the survival of thousands of small firms in doubt.

  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
Noting the vast number of searches for construction and engineering positions, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, confirmed the impact of the Carillion insolvency.

He explained: 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.



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