Contacts secure as many jobs as adverts

are just as likely to be gained through personal contacts as they are from
replying to advertisements. Labour Market Trends August 2002 reveals that
nearly one-third of people who secured jobs during the winter of 2001/2002
heard about the positions through existing employees, and a similar proportion
did so through job adverts.

research, which draws its results from the National Statistics’ Labour Force
Survey, also shows significant differences between the way men and women secure

are more likely to be successful replying to adverts, with 31 per cent gaining
jobs in this way compared with 25 per cent of men. Men are more likely to use
contacts, with 30 per cent securing jobs through ‘inside’ information, compared
with 25 per cent of women.

in 10 jobs were filled by people from job centres or specialist employment
agencies, and 14 per cent of men and 17 per cent of women found employment
through speculative applications.

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