6.6 million job searches made on Jobcentre Plus in one week

A record 6.6 million job searches were conducted on the Jobcentre Plus website in one week last month, it has been revealed.

More than 2 million online jobseekers looked for new positions on the site in that seven-day period in June.

The figures were boosted by rising employment in the UK and increasing use of the internet by both employers and employees.

The Jobcentre Plus annual survey of more than 4,500 employers indicated that one in four British businesses were on the look-out to hire new staff last year. A quarter of all filled job vacancies were advertised online.

Lesley Strathie, chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, said: “This survey demonstrates the continued strength and development of the UK recruitment market.

“It is encouraging to see employers using services such as our website and the Employer Direct Online service.”

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