'Redundancies are causing a spike in people looking for temporary work'

“Many UK businesses have had no choice but to make redundancies during this unprecedented time and this is causing a spike in people looking for temporary, home-based, or immediate work.” These are the words of Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, as work from home and immediate start searches have both increased by over 100 per cent.

The job search engine has found that even though job searches have dropped by 14 per cent, the following jobs have seen a sizable increase:

  • Work from home – up 140 per cent
  • Immediate start – up 101.2 per cent
  • Home-based – up 42.2 per cent
  • Temporary – up 40.8 per cent
  • Remote –  up 9.3 per cent


Predictions have been made that Q2 joblessness of 2020 is expected to be even sharper than during the financial crisis in 2008.

Mr Biggins said:

The Government’s support for the self-employed has been met with harsh criticism from those who don’t meet the criteria to receive payments, which may have also contributed to these figures.

When there’s so much uncertainty in the market, the prospect of changing jobs just isn’t on the cards for Brits in stable jobs and our findings highlight where interest is dropping the most. Hiring is expected to decline in the coming days as the nation sits tight and waits for more advice from the government. We want to support businesses as much as possible with their recruitment efforts, especially those with urgent roles to fill right now. In fact, we’ve already seen an increase from companies posting jobs in the social care and charity sectors over the past week.

The following job search terms also saw a dip, such as receptionist (-40.2 per cent), administrator (-32.7 per cent), sales assistant (-27.8 per cent), site manager (-20.9 per cent), cleaner (-15.3 per cent), business analyst (-14.2 per cent), retail assistant (-13.6 per cent), labourer (-11.8 per cent), plumber (-10.5 per cent), and engineer (-5.5 per cent).

These results were put together by data that looks at the number of job searches made on the CV-Library site between 22nd-29th March and compares this with figures from the week of 14th-21st March.





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.