SalesNew data from the independent job site, CV-Library, has found that retail, sales and construction jobs were the most searched for by candidates last month, suggesting that these industries are some of the most popular to work in right now.

The data, which analysed nearly three million job searches made on CV-Library’s site in January 2017, found that the top 10 most searched industries include:

  1. Retail – 82,882 searches
  2. Sales – 47,163 searches
  3. Construction – 18,773 searches
  4. Manufacturing – 18,768 searches
  5. HR – 17,862 searches
  6. Security – 17,337 searches
  7. Marketing – 17,238 searches
  8. IT – 17,002 searches
  9. Engineering – 16,682 searches
  10. Recruitment – 12,731 searches

The news follows recent data from CV-Library, which revealed a 55% increase in candidate applications in January 2017. Applications in some of these top-searched sectors increased substantially when comparing data with December 2016, including sales (up 62.9%), construction (up 63.8%) and retail (up 59.2%). But, while this fierce competition may seem like bad news for candidates, the UK also saw jobs increase by a 38% over the same period, meaning there’s plenty of roles for job hunters to choose from.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: 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, with last month’s data revealing that businesses have made a confident start to the year.”