Finding a new job is a priority for many job seekers at the start of the year. In fact, our research shows over half of U.S. workers consider a career change during this period. And this phenomena isn’t isolated to the United States. We also see a jump in job interest among other countries where Indeed has sites. This surge in job seeker activity means that it’s a great time for all employers to post a job. And even as searches grew in January, it’s important to remember that any time of year is good for finding the perfect candidate.
But what professions are people actually searching for? Let’s take a quick tour around Indeed’s global job search data to find out what’s trending and where. Below are some of the fastest growing searches we saw at the end of 2016:
Australia saw tremendous growth in searches for nurses and teachers, two professions facing serious shortages. The 627.4% growth in searches for nursing jobs is one of the largest trends we identified. Nurses are one of the top jobs listed on the Australian National Skill shortage list. It's a promising sign to see job seeker interest growing so rapidly in this understaffed field.
We identified another surge in searches for data scientist. A job where we see interest on the rise, not only in AU, but in many countries. There is also new interest in transportation jobs, which may not be a surprise when you consider that in Western Australia train drivers can make over $100,000 AUD, making them among highest paid in the world.
The largest spike among job seekers (110%) in Belgium is for dietitian jobs. This is not a surprising trend coming from a country known for their chocolate, waffle, fries and beer. Many western countries experience a diet and fitness fads around the start of the new year, but Belgium is experiencing the most drastic growth in job interest for this field globally. This could be a labor market reaction to the the 172,000 tons of chocolate produced annually in Belgium.
Belgium is also seeing similar growth in nursing, education and tech roles. However, growth in searches for “occupational therapist” is particularly strong in Belgium. This growth makes sense considering the makeup of the Belgian workforce. Over half the Belgian population works in the service industry, a sector prone to cause physical stress or exertion. Another hypothesis for this trend is driven by the aging population. Occupational Therapists can help older people recover from various illnesses through activities designed to stimulate their physical cognitive processes.
France is showing strong growth in some caring professions: special education teachers and nurses in particular. However, we don’t see quite the same massive increases we are observing in some countries. Still the 174.9% jump in searches for “special education teacher” is a big trend in France. The French education system provides free education to children from preschool to high school and some college equivalent training. Recruiters from private medical clinics or individual schools should take note of this growing interest should they need to hire special education teachers.
Financial controllers are also an interesting addition to this list: searches for this profession are up 104.5%. The French tax laws are very similar to that of the United States, with annual income tax declarations due by May 31st. While few people enjoy filing taxes, here we we see professionals getting ready for the work the season will bring.
Germany saw massive growth in English translator jobs. This surge (899.9%) is the largest global trend we’ve identified in job seeker behavior during the period of this analysis. Europe is experiencing unprecedented streams of refugees streaming in from Syria, North Africa and Middle East. Syria alone has sent over 300,000 refugees into Germany. Since migrants are more likely to speak English than German as a second language, this spike in interest may represent an effort to overcome the shortage of Arabic-German translators.
There was also a triple-digit increase in interest for engineering jobs and a large boost for registered nurses. Engineering in Germany would normally not mean software engineer, but rather mechanical engineering. However, in this instance the search term was actually in English, which could indicate a larger interest from non-German job seekers both from within and outside the country who are looking for mechanical and software engineering jobs.
In Ireland, the number of people searching for “model” saw 242.5% growth in the last quarter of 2016. Our analysis didn’t uncover anything like this spike in interest anywhere else—it's unique to the Emerald Isle. Most of the people who search for 'model' click on fashion model jobs at media and marketing companies, as well as staffing agencies and talent vendors.
There was also strong interest in process engineer jobs, which may be (slightly) less glamorous but are needed across many industries due to the widely applicable skill set. Process engineers can be found in multiple sectors ranging from agricultural to pharmaceutical to software engineering. There was also close to a 100% spike in the number of people searching for work as Spanish teachers, more than any other language or type of educator.
Meanwhile in the U.K., one job with strong growth was related to helping other people get jobs — ”job coach.” The surge of interest in “smart metering” is also interesting. As more and more ordinary devices are connected to the internet, traditional jobs evolve to account for this technological change, and the interest from job seekers shows that many are increasingly aware of the demand for new skills. The dark side of technology has also had an impact, as we saw more than 100% growth in searches for cybersecurity jobs, suggesting that job seekers with the right skills are paying close attention to the headlines and know how much these skills are in demand.
Over the past few years, we’ve observed the explosion of jobs requiring technical skills and the struggle by employer to fill those roles. Fortunately, job seekers are showing growing interest in many tech roles. Ruby developer experienced a staggering 656.1% jump in searches by job seekers. As is the 557.2% spike in searches for “UX designer.” These two jobs are among the fastest growing searches on Indeed.The 191.0% growth in search for “devops engineer” is promising for the tech industry. According to our research, that is the tech role with the 2nd worst supply vs.demand mismatch and ranked 3rd for employer demand. However, we also see some strong growth in jobs that require less technical skills. For instance, welder fabricator requires only a high school diploma and training, but pays well above minimum wage.
It’s a great time to post a job
These are some of the jobs that we saw trending as we entered 2017, and it will be interesting to see which professions are on the rise as the year gets underway. This surge in job seeker activity means that it’s a good time for all employers to post a job. And even as searches grew in January, it’s important to remember that any time of year is good for finding the perfect candidate.
The fastest growing search terms highlighted above were identified by comparing the level of job seeker interest in 2015 to the level of job seeker interest in 2016. Focusing only on the top 1000-5000 search terms (depending on the size of the market), we ranked these terms by their percent growth from Oct-Dec 2015 to Oct-Dec 2016. We then limited our results to search terms related to high skill occupations.