• Jobs website sees record traffic on Tuesday, 7th January and a 14% spike for the first week of 2014 
  • Totaljobs.com also sees 64% increase in number of employers posting job vacancies  yesterday as employers step up new year recruitment drive

One of the UK’s largest jobs websites, totaljobs.com, yesterday saw its website traffic soar to over half a million visits in one day for the first time as Brits resolved to find better job satisfaction in 2014.

Visits to totaljobs.com for the first week of January reached almost 2.5 million – a 14 per cent increase against its 2013 weekly average.

Following industry predictions that Monday, 6th January – dubbed ‘massive Monday’ – would see more job applications than any other day of the year, totaljobs.com’s figures confirm claims that people across the country are looking to kick-start 2014 with a change of job or career.

Employers were quick to take advantage of the national sentiment. Totaljobs.com saw a 64% increase in the average number of customers posting a job vacancies yesterday – also a new record for the site.

John Salt, website director at totaljobs.com, said: “The festive break is a time for reflection as people think about how they can improve their health, relationships and working lives. Our figures show that, now that they are back at work, Brits are thinking about a change of career and are looking into the opportunities available on our site.

“Predictions of a ‘massive Monday’ of job applications were widely reported in the media, but our statistics show that, for us Tuesday was the most popular day of activity for people who are looking for a new job. It was the first time we’ve seen visits to the website go above the half a million mark on any one day since the site was launched.

“Employers responded by rushing to post their job vacancies on the site, showing that the jobs market is able to absorb the surge in candidates – a strong sign of confidence returning to the UK economy.”

The total number of visits to totaljobs.com last week was 2,498,783. The weekly average in 2013 was 2,187,727.

Last month figures from the totaljobs.com Barometer – an acid test for the state of UK employment – revealed that the number of jobs posted across the UK has increased by 3% in the last year. The rise in the number of available jobs has eased competition, which is down 7% from 18 applications per job in 2012 to 16.5 in 2013.