By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent
New research has found a record number of Greek workers are searching for jobs in the UK following the debt crisis and widespread youth unemployment.
Figures released by CV-Library show the number of web visits received from Greek workers was up by 111 per cent, compared to the same week in July 2014. In addition to this, latest web traffic figures suggest there was a significantly high number of Greek visitors over the last four weeks, with an average week-on-week rise of 26 per cent. There was 55.9 per cent more Greek traffic in the last month compared to previous month compared to a typical week-on-week decline of -10.2 per cent during the same period last year.
Historical data from the job site suggests that web traffic from Greece is normally flat and steady, with a normal decline over the Summer months, which is typical within the recruitment sector. This data, compared to latest figures, indicates that the unusually high volume of Greek visitors looking for UK jobs is directly connected to the countrys current state of austerity.
Furthermore, the job site has revealed that web traffic from Greece in the month of July is at its highest historical level and is already eclipsing all visits from the previous month. Based on weekly growth rates, it is expected that Julys overall increase will exceed June by 100 per cent.
Lee Biggins, CV-Library’s founder and managing director, comments: In times of austerity, it is not surprising that foreign workers seek job opportunities further afield. Our latest findings suggest that this is exactly what is currently happening in Greece. With the country facing times of such uncertainty, we expect this to continue well into the coming weeks.
Whilst most British job sites dont allow applications from non-UK residents, there is clearly an interest amongst Greek workers to look for work outside of Greece in anticipation of what lies ahead.