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Survey results: the use of mobile phones for job hunting

by Sellick Partnership | 13 January 2020

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 marketing@sellickpartnership.co.uk.

Alternatively you can find out about the recruitment services we provide by calling 0161 834 1642 or use our online contact form.