Independent professionals contracting as Umbrella Company Employees usually start looking for new opportunities as current placements approach their final leg and it seems that, in common with other job hunters, more and more are doing so on the go.

New figures from totaljobs.com reveal a 48% hike in the number of people searching for jobs using mobile devices. 23% of the visits to the totaljobs.com website came from tablets and smartphones in October 2012; 12 months later, this figure had risen to 34%.

Advances in mobile technology now allow jobseekers to upload their CVs while on the train or taking a coffee break in Starbucks. Google now estimates that by Q3 2014, half of all recruitment-related searches will be conducted from mobile gadgets.

Job seekers typically search for jobs on their mobile devices and then send application forms to their desktops for completion at home. At the front of the mobile pack, with 40% of job searches, is the iPhone; this is followed by the iPad with 25%.

John Salt, totaljobs.com’s director, believes that the continual evolution of mobile technology has made job searching from mobile devices commonplace. He said: “We book holidays and buy Christmas presents online, now people are also finding their next jobs. Using mobile for job hunting is only going to grow in the years to come. It’s an exciting, life-changing technology; there’s a reason billions of people use mobiles every day to do life admin whilst out and about. At totaljobs.com we encourage people to get mobile and find that next job!”

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