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Job searchers go online

A representative study conducted recently by and market research company NRC revealed that the internet is becoming an increasingly popular channel to find jobs.

The latest findings show that 70% of respondents were looking for a job via the internet in 2010. In comparison, in 2008, job hunting through personal contacts and the internet was around evenly split between the two options. The research highlighted that the popularity of looking for a job in the press or with the help of friends and acquaintances has decreased in the past two years.

The sector preferences of job hunters have also changed. The financial sector and the catering industry have decreased in popularity, while data processing, retail and transportation have become the most preferred sectors among job hunters in 2010. This is partly due to positions requiring lower education becoming more popular among job-seekers.

As far as mobility is concerned, 43% of respondents would be willing to travel up to 21–50 km to work, and one out of four actually already do this, as they live more than 20 km from their workplaces. The study also pointed out work mobility has not changed since 2008, and remains fairly high: 44% of respondents said they would be willing to move for a new job; this compares to one out of two people in 2008.

The most important expectations toward a potential new job have not changed in the past two years: stability, wages and a positive atmosphere represent the highest priority factors – everything else is secondary. Other parameters, such as challenges and on-the-job trainings are more important for younger people with higher educational degrees, while they represent less motivation for older people. collected data from people in the age group of 18–49 who use the internet at least once a week. (BBJ)