Fed-up workers to log on in droves for jobs search today
SUMMER may be officially over — according to the forecasters at least — and today is the day the post-holiday blues will cause more people than ever to logon and look for a change in their day-to-day life.
Job websites see a spike in traffic as workers will use their lunch break to see what's around, reports say, causing some sites to crash because of the demand.
Simon Devitt, Classified Development Director, for Evening Post parent company Local World Ltd said: "Jobsites in the UK are used to big upturns in jobhunting on two particular days. The first day back after Christmas and the first Monday back in September. Lunchtime on the relevant day often lead to sites hitting peak traffic and on occasions crashing.
"The theory is that this is when the most people simultaneously get back from holidays.
"The combination of contemplating their life while enjoying some time of work and the shock of the return to work increases the motivation to find a new job."
But jobseekers say anyone looking for a new job should be aware of the reality of job hunting.
July figures show 4,984 people are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Swansea.
Matt Ward, aged 27 from Penllergaer has applied for more than 500 jobs since April 2012. Thanks to a voluntary role at Penllergaer Primary School the dad-of-three has now managed to get temporary work as a teaching assistant but is still looking for a permanent job.
"If they come out of a job, there's no guarantee you're going to go back into work," he said.
"There is either nothing or zero hour contracts and with those you've no idea what's coming.
"I think they (people in work) should be grateful because at the end of the day they're getting money in and it's not benefit money."
Until February Hywel Edwards, aged 41, from Carmarthen was working as a carer but has been looking for work since.
He said those looking for a change should know the reality of being a jobseeker before they join the hunt.
"The reality is, being a jobseeker and not having a secure income is you're out looking every day.
"Every day it's sending letters out, phoning people, dropping CVs off," he said.
He has applied for every job he can find, from admin assistants, yard person, "anything".
"Any job is hard to get, but finding a sustainable job is even harder," he said.
He said he is going back to education - a route many other Welsh jobseekers are taking.
But he urged those with a job to think carefully before making any rash decision. He said: "The current economy doesn't allow them any room to be dissatisfied, not for a few years at least"