Since lockdown job searches for carers and drivers skyrocket

The most popular job searches since the UK entered lockdown due to COVID-19 are for carers, a number of driving roles and electricians.

This research comes from CV-Library, which found that job searches for carers are up 240 per cent, delivery drivers up 151 per cent, heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver up 62 per cent and electricians up 57 per cent.

The job board posted the top 10 positions people are searching for. They are:

  • Carer-240 per cent
  • Delivery Driver-151 per cent
  • Driver-87 per cent
  • HGV Driver-63 per cent
  • Electrician-57 per cent
  • Van Driver-47 per cent
  • Plumber-40 per cent
  • Store Assistant-30 per cent
  • Project Manager-24 per cent
  • Marketing Manager-14 per cent


The job searches which have decreased the most are sales assistant by 51 per cent, receptionist by 49 per cent, finance assistant by 44 per cent, office manager by 44 per cent, retail assistant by 39 per cent, personal assistant by 34 per cent, traffic marshall by 28 per cent, cleaner by 22 per cent, site manager by 20 per cent and labourer by 8 per cent.

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

During these challenging times, we want to give a real-time picture of how the UK labour market is being impacted by COVID-19 and understanding job hunter behaviour is a key part of this. Clearly, job seekers are reacting to market demand and searching for roles that they know are crucial right now; while searches for a number of office-based roles and other professions impacted by lockdown have dropped.

We know that there will be a shift in the labour market over the coming months, whereby demand from candidates may outstrip the number of jobs available. Hopefully in the coming weeks there will be more clarity on the UK’s exit strategy from lockdown, so businesses can start thinking about their hiring efforts again.

The economy is uncertain right now and in the past this has meant that people didn’t want to move jobs; however, hundreds of thousands of Brits could be out of work due to the pandemic and job searches are ramping up. If you are hiring right now, spend time tweaking and tailoring your recruitment process to ensure it’s fit for purpose. That means amending your job adverts to specify whether the role will start with working from home, and also hosting video interviews to get to know candidates.

In order to gather these results, CV-Library analysed job searches made on its site between March 23rd-April 23rd.





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.