Today’s ‘Massive Monday’, the busiest day of jobseeking yet

After taking time out over Christmas, many of us begin January ready for a fresh start.  And for lots of us, that means finding a new job.

2015 has been an encouraging year for jobs, and as Britain returns to work on ‘Massive Monday’, we expect to see record-breaking numbers of new jobseekers and employment opportunities.

Our latest Reed Job Index data reveals a Q4 2015 year-on-year rise in new jobs of 19%, and 172% growth since 2009.

Last year, Massive Monday saw a record 11,500 new jobs added to reed.co.uk, with jobseekers making the most applications between 11 am and 12 pm. Job applications soared by almost a third  (31%) on the previous year, totalling more than 235,000 applications on one single day.

The combination of a buoyant jobs market, which saw a 19% annual rise in the number of available new jobs in the final quarter of 2015, and the first working day of the New Year, will see record numbers of jobseekers applying for new vacancies today.

The top five sectors to fuel growth in 2015 were:

  1.    Training (+49%)
  2.    Education (+46%)
  3.    Engineering (+43%)
  4.    Construction & Property (+39%)
  5.    Accountancy (+35%)

Other sectors boasting strong growth and expected to remain hot for job prospects for 2016 include health and medicine (+27%) and manufacturing (+25%).

As our latest Reed Job Index indicates, prospects are positive for 2016, so whether it’s a new challenge, a step up the career ladder or a higher salary, January will be a great time to enter the market for a new job.