31 August 2016
Summer blues to bring job surge

The end of the summer brings good news to recruiters with a predicted surge of new candidates with a case of summer blues. Despite July and August typically being quieter months for recruitment, there’s talk of a job surge in September, as over half of employees –57.1% to be correct– admit that they’re more likely to consider a new job as the summer months come to a close.

According to CV-Library, holding the UK’s largest candidate database of over 10.5 million CVs, figures in September 2015 saw a 13.2% increase in candidates registering their CVs to the site; job applications were up by 7.5% during the same period.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “We’re entering a traditionally busy time in recruitment, so it will be interesting to see how the job market favours, especially given recent concerns in the economy. Post-summer labour market activity always tends to improve, as more people return from their holidays. During this period last year, for example, we saw job creation rise by 17%, and we’re hopeful that we’ll witness a similar increase again this year.”

According to CV-Library’s research, 70.1% find it difficult to get back into a routine after a summer holiday, with nearly three quarters (72.3%) admitting that it takes one to two days to adjust to work post-holiday. Other key findings from the study of over 2,200 UK workers include:

  • Over half (55.8%) think that workplace morale drops as the summer comes to an end
  • 86.9% said it’s an employer’s responsibility to keep morale up
  • But 79.4% stated that their employer does not make allowances for post-summer blues.

Biggins continues: “It’s clear that the post-summer blues can get Brits down, with many struggling to readjust to the working day. Implementing a robust process which helps to ease people back into work post-holiday is extremely important. Our research tells us that employees feel much better if they have an update meeting on return, followed by time to catch up on emails and projects, as well as speaking with team members and having enough time to create a priority list. Ensuring you accommodate these needs can help workers feel more positive about their return to work after a summer break and may prevent employees looking for work elsewhere.”

The research found that workers find the following factors most difficult about returning to work after a summer break: getting up early (28.4%), getting back into a routine (25.1%), catching up on work (17.9%), catching up on emails (10.9%), staying motivated (8.5%) and dealing with work stress (5.8%).

Get prepared fellow recruiters for the influx of blue candidates!


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