A new report has revealed the industries where workers were most likely to be looking for a new role during January 2017.
According to new research from CV-Library, the UK's contractors, freelancers and other workers used their new year job searching sessions to make 82,882 online enquiries about jobs in retail and 47,163 for sales positions.
Manufacturing roles were also in high demand among workers, with 18,768 searches made for jobs in this sector over the course of the last month.
Meanwhile, some 17,337 search engine enquiries were made for UK-based security jobs and 17,238 searches were performed for marketing roles.
In addition, many workers were busy looking for new contracts in the IT, engineering and recruitment sectors. Some 17,002 searches were made for IT positions, 16,682 for engineering roles and 12,731 for jobs in recruitment.
However, CV-Library found that competition for roles increased during January, as the number of applications received soared across the board.
Statistics gathered by the recruiter showed that there was a 55 per cent increase in job applications throughout January in comparison to December 2016, with one of the biggest rises experienced for sales positions (62.9 per cent).
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented: "It's positive to see that candidate appetite is strong across some of the UK's core sectors, particularly as these are industries that play a vital role in the nation's economy.
"What's more, these findings are great news for organisations in these industries, many of which continue to battle ongoing skills shortages. It's clear that there are an abundance of fantastic opportunities for the nation's job hunters right now."
However, with increased competition, contractors and freelancers need to make sure that they are taking action to stand out from the crowd and ensure they possess the most coveted skills of the moment so they appear desirable to clients.
Overall, the number of jobs on offer throughout the UK rose by more than one-third (38 per cent) during January, with recruiters hopeful that this figure will continue to increase over the course of 2017. If it does, then contractors will be in a good position with plenty of work available for them as Britain begins to navigate its way through the post-Brexit era.
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