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New year, new job? Experts break down if January really is the right time for a new role

By | Sophie Kiderlin |

If the time off work over the holidays or your New Year’s resolutions made you think about getting a new job, then you’re not alone.

“The beginning of a new year is typically a time for reflection and making resolutions. Many people consider their career goals for the year ahead and eagerly want to set off on the right foot,” Gaelle Blake, head of permanent appointments at recruitment company Hays, told CNBC’s Make It.

Data backs this up. Forty-seven percent of U.K. employees said they were looking for a new role at the end of 2022, a survey by recruitment firm Robert Half found.

Similarly, data provided to CNBC’s Make It by jobs platform Indeed showed that job searches are higher in January and the busiest day for them often falls in the first week of the month.

At the same time, job listings tend to have a slower start to the year and increase as time goes on, Indeed’s data showed.

“Recruiter activity lags behind in the earlier weeks, before reaching a high level in late January and into February,” Indeed’s U.K. Economist Jack Kennedy told CNBC’s Make It.

But what does this mean for people trying to find a new job right now?

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