In the first of a series of quarterly studies, Findajob in partnership with iReach Market Research have launched a Quarterly Job Tracker to study emerging trends for employment and job opportunities in Ireland.

This first research wave has unearthed relevant and intriguing statistics about jobseekers, employees and the workplace, giving an insight into various issues such as Job Creation, Job Hunting, impact of Social Media and Attitudes towards work.

52% of Irish Adults see improvements in job opportunities but vast majority feel this Government can do more.

Job market sentiment is somewhat divided; while 52% feel there has been an increase in the number of job announcements this year as opposed to last year, 77% of all adults feel the government is not doing enough in creating new jobs.

49% of respondents perceive that Government investment is concentrated on Technology suggesting room to increase awareness of investment in different industries such as medical and pharmaceutical sectors amongst others.

52% of all respondents have considered emigrating due to limited job opportunities in Ireland followed by the impact on Government tax increases reducing ‘take home’ pay and limiting disposable income. On a positive note, only 19% would now consider emigrating in the future.

More Job Seekers need to tailor their CVs when applying for advertised jobs with 40% doing nothing to CVs on application.

The survey found that when searching for new employment 60% of job seekers would adapt their CV according to their current job search. Of these 16% would sometimes ‘enhance’ information to suit the job they are applying for, while 4% would sometimes even consider lying on their CV to suit a job application.  40% do nothing to their CV irrespective of their interest or suitability in the role advertised.

Working for a friend was deemed as a positive option when job searching, with 48% saying they definitely would. 39% would have to give it a lot of thought, while only 13% said they thought the dynamics would not work.

89% of those surveyed are on the look-out for a new job. Interestingly 47% claimed that they were not happy in their jobs and wanted to change jobs in the next year, while 42% said that although happy, they would still consider moving jobs. Only 11% claimed they would not change jobs. 59% of those looking to change jobs are aiming for improved pay and career opportunities.

Of those applying for jobs online or via newspapers, 33% will contact the employer directly with 26% of these saying it had a positive impact on their recruitment to the new role.

74% of Job Seekers use online recruitment sites with 14% using Newsprint to look for available jobs.

It appears that online search is now the most common method for finding a job in Ireland (74%), followed by offline search (newspapers, magazines etc.) at 14% and word-of-mouth at just 5%.

When applying for a job; online sites dominate with 77% of all job applications using online methods, followed by 9% applying for jobs using personal connections.

After seeing an advert for a relevant job, 67% of job seekers will do their own research with a further 20% applying for the job straight away. The remaining 13% will talk to family/friends.

24% don’t take full holiday entitlement with overtime payments becoming important

When polled, 24% said they wouldn’t avail of their full holiday entitlement during the year of annual leave, while 44% said they like to disperse their holidays throughout the year and take small breaks. 

Overtime is becoming a more important way of increasing ‘take-home pay’ with 59% of those who worked overtime would actually prefer to be paid for this work as opposed to 41% who would choose to receive time off in lieu.

While taking a lunch break, a whopping 60% claimed they save money by taking in their own food to work.

Social Media becoming more important for workers with 38% using Linkedin to raise their personal profile through networking. 76% would not befriend boss on Facebook.

Social Media has an effect on career development with 38% saying they actively build professional contacts through LinkedIn. Of these 50% wanted to establish themselves in a professional light through the network, while the other 50% use it to keep in touch with other professionals and networks. Only 4% of job hunters would consider Linkedin to search for jobs.

Social networks also affect relationships with colleagues, as 76% of respondents said they would not befriend their boss on Facebook.  When asked what they would do if they received an invitation, the majority answered they would neither accept nor reject, but simply pretend they never saw it. 14% would accept the friend request then delete their boss, and 7% said they would reluctantly accept and never use their Facebook again!

Social media is changing how employers are recruiting; there have even been reported cases of interviewers asking candidates for their Facebook passwords to better gauge their personalities. When asked what they would do if an employer requested their Facebook password during an interview, a significant 79% of respondents claimed that it was an invasion of privacy. 10% would agree willingly while 11% said they would agree reluctantly if it meant they could get a job out of it.

A shift to new methods of job application was present; with 52% of respondents saying they would try the new trend of Video based CV’s and Job applications.

About the Job Tracker Survey and iReach

The survey was conducted by Market Research Company iReach during the period of August and September 2012 using the iReach Consumer Decisions Research Panel which delivered 2,000 responses from adults in Ireland aged 18+ to 65+ and is nationally representative by Age, Region, Gender and Social Class. This research has a confidence level of 95% and confidence interval of 4%.

About Findajob.ie

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