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2016: The Year in Job Search (Infographic)

What an exciting year this has been! As 2016 comes to an end, global job site Indeed is taking a look back at some of the year’s key moments, and how they’ve impacted jobseeker behaviour in Ireland and around the world:

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  • January 2016: Job Search Spike
    Indeed noted 44% increase in job search in January 2016, compared to December 2015 shows that candidates believe that there are more roles open at the beginning of each year.
  • May 2016: Augmented reality
    Augmented reality blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell. Following the beta launch of Pokemon Go in the US in May, worldwide searches for jobs connected to augmented reality technology spiked.
  • June 2016: Brexit
    Britain´s vote to leave the European Union plunged the continent into a state of crisis. Businesses and banks disliked the uncertainty, of course—and so did jobseekers. After the official results were announced, Indeed saw a 73% increase in job search leaving the UK, and surges of interest towards EU-member Ireland and other English-speaking job markets.
  • June 2016: Ireland
    When Indeed looked at the UK to EU job search a little more closely, the global job site found that Ireland was a major beneficiary of the post-Brexit surge. At their peak, job search from the UK to Ireland on June 24th (the day the result of the referendum was announced) was 2.5 times higher than the average in the days before the vote. The surprise result saw a reported surge in applications for Irish passports from UK citizens with Irish ancestry.
  • July 2016: Football 2016
    The European football final was played between host France and underdog Portugal. Indeed data showed a 66% drop in job search in Portugal and 36% drop in France during the final game.
  • August 2016: Olympics in Rio
    The Olympic Games were the event of the Summer. As the whole world travelled to Rio de Janeiro, jobseekers in Brazil were busy looking for roles related to the Olympics, with job search increasing 28% during the summer months.
  • October 2016: Banking Tech Revolution
    Technology is no longer used just as a means for automating processes. Instead it is being used as a revolutionary way to deliver services to customers. As a result, the banking and finance sectors are changing rapidly. Global interest levels in roles in “fintech” and “blockchain” peaked in October 2016.
  • October 2016: Samsung Product Recall
    The recall of the Samsung Galaxy S7 had a big impact in consumer confidence. Job search for Samsung declined in this period, although bounced back to regular levels a few weeks in.
  • November 2016: US Election
    The share of US job search to Canada suddenly climbed on election night around 9pm (eastern time), as the likelihood of a Trump victory started to build. At midnight, when the election was called for Trump, 2.7% of US searches on Indeed were for jobs in Canada — more than ten times the normal share for that time of day. That spike in job searches to Canada was dramatic but short lived. Ireland joined Canada and New Zealand in the top-three countries attracting higher-than-usual interest from people in the US reconsidering their plans after the election result.
  • November 2016: Trump administration
    In the run up to the election, Indeed spotted an increase in searches for jobs within the Trump Administration and at his many companies. This shows that despite all the controversy, a large number of US citizens would like to work for the newly elected president.


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