Job hunting in work time

In the good old days, our senior colleagues would happily use company time for lighter hearted pursuits such as language lessons, shopping or occasionally even golf. But the credit crunch has bitten even their well-upholstered backsides and it looks as if they are finally using their working hours more productively – to job hunt.

According to research released today by executive jobs website, Experteer.co.uk, the busiest hour for online job searches is 3pm on a Thursday. 

The study of job searching trends across Europe found that most job hunters are using their mid-afternoon coffee breaks to scour the internet for job opportunities, with 3pm being the most popular time of day almost universally in Europe. Germany is the only country where most searching is done only slightly earlier, immediately after lunchtime at 2pm. In the UK, almost a quarter (24%) of job hunters look for jobs online after their lunch break, between 2pm and 4pm GMT.  The morning is consistently a quieter period across Europe, with only 17% searching between 9am and 11am GMT in the UK.

Peak day and time for searching for jobs according to country:

 

France

Italy

Switzerland

Germany

UK

Time (local times)

3pm

3pm

3pm

2pm

3pm

Day

Monday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday



The study found that even in the economic downturn, job seekers prefer to keep their weekends free for personal time, with Saturdays and Sundays remaining the least popular days for job hunting across Europe. Less than one in five searches is done at weekends in the UK (15%), Germany (15%), France (18%) and Switzerland (18%), and less than a quarter in Italy (23%). Considerably fewer searches are also done on Fridays in all of the countries, suggesting job hunters are busy planning their weekends or tying off the working week.

Experteer’s study has also found that executives in different European countries spend varying amounts of time online in each job hunting session. Job hunters in the UK tend to spend an average of 4 minutes on each session while those in Italy spend just less than 5 minutes searching for jobs online in each session. This also varies according to the time of year, with job hunters spending considerably less time searching at the end of the year.  Longer search time was recorded across Europe in Jan, suggesting job searchers are more active in looking for a chance in the New Year.

 

Time spent searching for jobs (in seconds)

 

UK

Germany

France

Switzerland

Italy

Jan

240

264

276

274

281

Dec

206

253

240

245

255

Nov

226

274

275

267

269

Oct

238

285

286

284

262

While this kind of research is all well and good, it does make me wonder why organisations are paying so little attention to what their employees are doing? Senior or not, they are not paid to job hunt on company time, Allowing them to do so is nothing short of a slap in the face to people who are actually spending their working hours doing their job.

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