Resolution Revolution: Jobseekers rush to find their next role in January, reveals latest PM Jobs data

Written by: Hazel Mason
Published on: 8 Jan 2019

More people apply for jobs in January than any other month of the year, according to the latest data from People Management’s specialist job board, PM Jobs.

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PM Jobs saw a 28% increase in job applications per job in January 2018, compared to the yearly average.*

Not only are there more overall applications, which rose by a conclusive 43%, but January proves the best time to hire with more applications per posting than at any other time of the year.*

Whilst January has long been known as a peak time for job applications after a slow December, these figures show that it significantly tops other application spikes in early spring and autumn. 

It’s not surprising with ‘Find a new job’ ranking as one of the Top 10 ‘New Year’s Resolutions’** and an Investors in People (IIP) survey discovering that 47% of the UK workforce were looking for new job opportunities in 2018.*** A trend we expect to continue into 2019.

So if you’re recruiting, January clearly delivers the best results. 

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"As one of the top new year’s resolutions, getting a new job is clearly at the forefront of people’s minds as the year turns. Our job site data is proof that now is the time to invest, with more applications per job than any other month", adds Conor Barr, recruitment sales manager, PM Jobs. 

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"What our research confirms is that January is a key month for job seekers wishing to shift roles in the new year. That’s why we think recruiters should take advantage of this boom in the market and put their roles front and centre", says Samantha Johnston, sales director at PM Jobs.

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*Source: Madgex, 1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018
**YouGov poll, 2017
***Investors in People (IIP) annual Job Exodus Survey, 2018