We recently ran our biggest ever survey exploring how people in the United Kingdom use their phones when searching for their next job role. More than 900 people from across the UK took part in the survey, which asked how frequently, where, when and why phones were used in job searches. It also asked participants questions about the limitations of job hunting on these devices. The survey revealed fascinating insights about candidates that companies – especially ones that are looking to recruit – will find invaluable. Read on to discover the full results of our investigation. **Full survey data from the survey can be found below the infographic. If you wish to use this data, please cite ‘Sellick Partnership’ and include a link to www.sellickpartnership.co.uk. About you How old are you? Answer choices Responses 16 – 17 0.22% 2 18 – 24 7.97% 74 25 – 34 32.62% 303 35 – 44 31.97% 297 45 – 54 17.55% 163 55 – 64 7.97% 74 65+ 1.72% 16 What is your gender? Answer choices Responses Male 24.97% 232 Female 73.41% 682 Non-binary 0.65% 6 Rather not say 0.97% 9 Where do you live? Answer choices Responses East Midlands 9.2% 85 East of England 7.4% 69 London 9.8% 91 North East 4.8% 45 North West 13.4% 124 Northern Ireland 1.8% 17 Scotland 6.4% 59 South East 13.7% 127 South West 10.4% 97 Wales 5.5% 51 West Midlands 9.5% 88 Yorkshire and the Humber 8.2% 76 Which of the following best describes your job sector? Answer choices Responses Unemployed 16.9% 157 Health & social 9.8% 91 Teaching / education 8.8% 82 Retail & sales 8.8% 82 Public sector 7.6% 71 IT 5.2% 48 Student 4.3% 40 Finance / banking 4.2% 39 Retired 3.9% 36 Building / manufacturing 3.3% 31 Hospitality / tourism / sport 3.3% 31 Property / construction 2.9% 27 Creative arts / culture 2.8% 26 Transport / logistics 2.7% 25 Business / management 1.8% 17 Marketing / advertising 1.7% 16 Engineering 1.7% 16 Legal 1.6% 15 Science / pharmaceuticals 1.5% 14 Media / publishing 1.4% 13 Voluntary work 1.3% 12 Recruitment / HR 1.2% 11 Energy / utilities 1.0% 9 Environment / agriculture 1.0% 9 Armed forces / emergency 0.7% 6 Security 0.3% 3 Telecommunication 0.2% 2 Mobile phones and you As a result of the introduction of mobile technology, would you say the way you search for jobs has changed? Answer choices Responses Yes 77% 718 No 23% 211 Have you ever searched for a job using your mobile phone? Answer choices Responses Yes 74.7% 694 No 25.3% 235 Have you searched for jobs while in any of the following places (tick all that apply)? Answer choices Responses Public transport 43.8% 407 At my current job 46% 427 Whilst in bed 61% 567 At the pub 8.5% 79 Watching television 67.4% 626 Other (please specify) 6.9% 64 What is the biggest benefit of using your mobile to search for a job? Answer choices Responses Accessibility (no longer chained to a desk) 24.2% 225 Convenience (can access it whenever, wherever) 63.5% 590 Privacy (no-one snooping over your shoulder) 6.0% 56 Freedom (avoid corporate firewalls and access restrictions) 3.2% 30 Other (please specify) 3.0% 28 When looking for a job, how much time each week would you typically spend searching on a mobile device? Answer choices Responses Under an hour 51.2% 476 1 - 3 hours 33.8% 314 3 - 5 hours 8.8% 82 5 + hours 6.1% 57 What time of the day are you most likely to use your mobile to search for a job? Answer choices Responses Early morning – breakfast 12.5% 116 On the morning commute 7.5% 70 Over lunch 12.5% 116 Mid afternoon 12.5% 116 On the commute home 3.9% 36 Early evening 24.7% 229 After dinner 14.6% 136 Late at night 11.8% 110 Would you consider applying - not just looking - for a job directly via your mobile phone? Answer choices Responses Yes 59.4% 552 No 23.9% 222 I don't know 16.7% 155 What do you consider the biggest limitations of job hunting on your mobile phone? Answer choices Responses The websites I use aren't optimised for mobile devices 29.8% 277 The size of the text 22.8% 212 Not having Wi-Fi 10.1% 94 Not being able to upload my CV 25.0% 232 Not being able to apply directly 12.3% 114 The future When are you looking to next move jobs? Answer choices Responses Currently looking 24.3% 226 In the next month 2.5% 23 In the next three months 6.4% 59 In the next year 13.6% 126 Next year 7.4% 69 I'm not planning on moving jobs 41.9% 389 Other (please specify) 4.0% 37 What is your first port of call when looking for a new job? Answer choices Responses Recruitment agency 14.3% 133 Online job board 52.9% 491 Professional network 7.6% 71 Social sites e.g. LinkedIn 10.1% 94 Newspapers 3.4% 32 Professional network / word of mouth 6.6% 61 Trade press 1.4% 13 Other (please specify) 3.7% 34 Can we help you? If you are interested in finding out more about our mobile phone survey, please email our marketing team on email@example.com. Alternatively you can find out about the recruitment services we provide by calling 0161 834 1642 or use our online contact form.
Earlier this month the government finally announced plans for a review of the proposed IR35 reforms that are due to hit the private sector in April this year, however the news has been met with very mixed responses. With a little over two months to go before the reforms are implemented we are still unsure as to the true impact they will have, and it is unlikely that this review in its current form will alleviate the worries of our contractor, candidate and client base. The timing of the review is wrong. A thorough independent review that will look at the issues that have been raised, consult the market and detail amendments simply cannot happen in the short time left until the planned implementation date. I therefore worry that the government will use this ‘review’ as an obligatory pre-election promise and will not look closely enough at the implications this will have on the contractor market across the UK. I am also concerned that the basis of the review isn’t right. In late November, campaigning for Tory votes, Chancellor Sajid Javid said that he wanted to “look again at the proposed changes to IR35 to make sure that they are right to take forward”. Now, however, it looks as if the review will probe the reforms’ implementation, not the reform as a whole which is a mistake in my opinion. At our IR35 briefing event in November last year, we heard the concerns of contractors first-hand, and many of the same worries still stand and are unlikely to be solved unless the implementation date is delayed, and a more thorough review is launched. They raised concerns such as businesses not being ready for the changes, a lack of client understanding and a blanket ban on limited contractors by many clients across all sectors. Another issue that the review will likely skim over is the impact on ethical behaviour across the contractor market, something that is hugely important in my opinion. In a recent Recruiter article, Neil Carberry, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: “Pushing ahead with an approach to taxing contractors that is not fit-for-purpose will punish ethical businesses, incentivise non-compliance and harm workers. I wholeheartedly agree with this comment, and it is becoming an even bigger worry for me and my team. If this review is going to work, it must consider monitoring and regulating non-compliant umbrella companies. We have a list of preferred umbrella companies for a reason. Each one is vetted to ensure that our contractors, our clients and we are protected as far as possible from both financial and criminal liability. The government also needs to look closely at the mistakes that were made in the public sector roll out. A lack of communication, panic and timing all culminated in several key issues and many contractors are still feeling the adverse effects as a result. The government needs to learn from these mistakes, and at least adopt a phased approach to the private sector roll out and offer some clarity to businesses around what the implications will be for them. My worry is that there is a similar feeling of panic and unrest with the current plans, and there are a number of extremes across the market. On one hand some clients are panicking and putting a blanket ban on contractors stating that they will only work with temporary staff through PAYE, with others using this review as another excuse to delay their plans, something that we have been advising them not to do. Organisations and contractors need to be doing all they can to prepare and seek advice from recruitment professionals like Sellick Partnership. Finally, the review needs ample time to consult the market and appease any concerns businesses, contractors and recruiters have about the roll out, and I don’t believe that is the case. For a thorough, independent review to take place the reforms will have to be delayed giving everyone time to prepare. Without these preparations, and a decent consultation process, we are in danger of heading for the same mistakes and challenges we faced in 2017, which would be very damaging for the private sector contractor market. If you are worried about IR35, or would like some advice, head over to the dedicated section of our website. Alternatively, you can get in touch with myself, or a member of my team and we will be more than happy to help.
This year we are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Not-for-Profit category at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards. For the launch the Derby Telegraph asked Director, and longstanding supporter of the awards, Nikki Kinsey why she decided to come on board as a sponsor, and what it takes for your business to be successful. Why did you decide to become a category sponsor We have been sponsoring the Not-for-Profit category at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards since 2013. We continue to offer our support because we want to remain an integral part of Derby and the Midlands business community. We believe awards like this are essential, allowing us to build lasting relationships with businesses and organisations across the region. Supporting the community and those in need is something that aligns with our own core values. We have a strong affiliation with the not-for-profit sector across the UK, so this ceremony and our chosen category are a great way of giving back and supporting deserving causes; ensuring not-for-profit organisations of all sizes across the region get the recognition they deserve. What is your business looking for from the winners of this category? In the eight years we have sponsored this category we have judged over 70 entries and every year we are blown away by the standard, and the amazing work being done by not-for-profit organisations across Derbyshire. In terms of what we are looking for from our winner, we look for an organisation that is going above and beyond to support those in the local community around them. We don’t necessarily place importance on size or headcount, as some of the best work being done is by the smallest organisations in the region. Instead, we look for organisations of all sizes that are consistently making a real impact on people’s lives and that garner the respect and support of the community in which they work. We also look closely at financial performance. As a Trustee of a small charity I understand the significant pressures that the not-for-profit sector faces, so it is vital that our winner demonstrates their ability to maintain and drive forward financial performance in an ever changing and challenging landscape. We therefore look for organisations that use their initiative and think unconventionally about the funding they need in order to be successful. In your experience what are the main skills required to succeed in business? The world we live in is ever changing, which means it’s essential we are adaptable and open to change. However, we don’t simply want to react to a changing world; we want to shape it and lead from the front, with energy, focus and of course competitive spirit. When I think of a successful business leader I think of those who are resilient and robust, as well as highly disciplined. They will also be creative with their decisions, authentic in their leadership style and not be afraid to take informed risks. It is also important to remain positive during adversity. With the current political climate, this is more important than ever. How will your own business be looking to enhance its offering this year? Last year Sellick Partnership sold a majority stake to Samsic, one of Europe’s largest soft service providers which will help us accelerate our growth in the coming years. The deal is an endorsement of Sellick Partnership’s success building a market-leading, sustainable and profitable business. We saw a real synergy between our business and Samsic and our cultures are very much aligned. Samsic remains to this day a family owned business, and we are excited to work with them to grow Sellick Partnership in the coming years. The investment from Samsic provides the springboard to continue expanding our services and footprint, but at a quicker rate. As a result, we are now looking to expand our current offering and grow our teams across our network of offices. For more information about the awards, you can get in touch, or visit https://derbytelegraphbusinessawards.co.uk/.
Are you feeling depressed and unhappy in work? Does January seem to be going on forever? You might be feeling the effects of Blue Monday. Here are our top tips to banish those blues, and keep you motivated today and everyday throughout the year. Penned as the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday in January and is widely recognised as a day where people feel demotivated and in need of cheering up. A combination of bad weather, new year diets, failed resolutions, financial struggles and the distant memory of Christmas makes January a hard month to get through for many people. Although there is no evidence to suggest that the effects of Blue Monday are real, we know how hard it can be to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas and New Year break. As a result, we asked people from across our business their best tips for surviving Blue Monday and staying motivated throughout 2020. Make sure you have something to look forward to – Principal Consultant Kerry Norman I’m a keen traveller, and I always make sure I have holidays planned throughout the year, so I have something to look forward to. After the rush of Christmas, it can be really hard to get motivated, so I think it is important to have something to work towards in the future. Whether that is a holiday, a personal milestone or even conquering dry January, having a goal or something to get excited about is hugely important for staying motivated in work, and at home! Take some time away from social media – Senior PR & Content Executive Michael Macfarlane We have become a society that is totally reliant on technology, which has its benefits, but it also has a big impact on the way we interact with each other and feel overall. The average person spends three hours per day on social media which is a huge chunk of your day. I therefore try and take some time away from my desk or switch off my phone whenever I’m feeling a bit down or de-motivated. We need to do more to stimulate our brain – especially around Blue Monday and more depressing times of year – to stay motivated all year round. My advice would be to think about reducing the time you spend on your phone and spend time doing other things like reading a book, going for a walk, learning a new skill or speaking with friends and family. Get out in the fresh air! – Principal Consultant Kiran Purewal The lack of light and bad weather during winter can often put people off going outside in January, but I think this is part of the reason people get so de-motivated. I would therefore urge everyone to try and get at least a few minutes outside per day. At Sellick Partnership we encourage people to go for walking meetings to get out and about and make the most of the limited sunlight. We need exercise and fresh air to stay feeling happy, refreshed and energised. Without it, people can become agitated and restless. Even if it is just for a short walk at lunch, get out for some air and to stretch your legs; it’s the combination of light, fresh air and movement that can make all the difference. Smile - and turn your frown upside down – Office Manager/Senior Resourcing Consultant Rachel Smith Smiling can be infectious, so I always advise people to smile as much as possible. A smiling person can lighten up the room which spreads positivity and can also help lift the mood of others. When you smile, you release a cascade of feel-good chemicals in your brain. Smiling is also known to lower stress, so it is great for your health and wellbeing all round! Smiling people come across as more confident and are more likely to be approached which is key for establishing rapport and building relationships. Smiles help maintain attention, they bolster open body language, and give reassurance to others of your sincerity. The more you smile the more positive you will feel. A smile is powerful in many ways, it doesn’t cost a thing, can make a huge difference to someone, will never be out of fashion and is quite simply one of the best things that you can wear! Get yourself organised – Managing Director Jo Sellick A messy desk, or an unorganised diary can add to feelings of stress and anxiety, so this January think about spending a few hours getting everything ready for the weeks and months ahead. Every year I look through my diary from the previous year and always find opportunities and tasks I need to revisit. It can be a hugely cathartic process and help give you the motivation you need to be successful in the coming year. While you’re at it, think about throwing away anything you don’t need, set yourself a key list of priorities and block out some time in your diary where you can relax, recharge and de-stress. That way you won’t burn out, and you will be able to stay on top of your game all year. If you have any additional motivational tips you would like us to share, get in touch with us via email, or let us know on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn today.