October is the second-most popular period of the year for job applications

October is the second-most popular period of the year for job applications following the first few months of the year.

This is according to CV-Library, an independent job board who discovered that there are 13 per cent more job applications made in London during this month.

Brighton’s job hunters are the second most active during October with 5.4 per cent more applicants. Bristol comes in third with a rise of 3 per cent and Southampton witnesses an increase of 1.6 per cent in job applications.

On average there are 9.9 per cent more jobs advertised online during October:

  • Wales-15.4 per cent more jobs
  • West Midlands-11.4 per cent more jobs
  • North West-11.3 per cent
  • East Midlands-11.1 per cent more jobs
  • Scotland- 11 per cent more jobs
    • East of England- 10.2 per cent more jobs
    • South West-10 per cent more jobs
    • South East-8.5 per cent more jobs
    • North East-7.5 per cent more jobs
    • Northern Ireland-5.7 per cent more jobs


Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library said:

That ‘back to school’ feeling is certainly ingrained in us from our younger years, encouraging many professionals to make a fresh start when autumn comes around. We know that this time of year is always a popular time for job searching, but our data shows the true extent of this trend across the UK.

Naturally, this time of year is also a busy time for recruitment and while the market is slightly tumultuous right now, it’s definitely an ideal time to think about your hiring efforts. Whether you’re recruiting for Christmas temps, or looking to bring more permanent employees on board, consider what you can do to stand out and attract more candidates, to your roles.

Interested in recruitment and retention? We recommend the Recruitment and Retention Conference 2019.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.