September expected to see surge in job applications because of post-summer blues
The UK may see a surge in job applications in September, as over half (57.1%) of workers reveal that they are more likely to contemplate looking for a new job as the summer comes to an end.
According to data from CV-Library, figures in September 2015 saw a 13.2% increase in candidates registering their CVs to the site and job applications were up by 7.5% during the same period.
Over half of those surveyed (55.8%) believe that workplace morale drops as summer comes to an end, with 86.9% believing that it’s an employer’s responsibility to keep morale up.
However, 79.4% stated that their employer does not make allowances for post-summer blues, despite 70.1% finding it difficult to get back into a routine after a summer holiday.
Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, said: “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.
“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.”