CV-Online survey: More people applying for jobs below their skill level

Job seekers at an unemployment insurance fund (Töötukassa) office, reading advertisements
Job seekers at an unemployment insurance fund (Töötukassa) office, reading advertisements Source: ERR

A survey conducted by jobs portal CV-Online shows an exponential increase in the number of applications for lesser career positions this year. Six weeks ago, 17 percent of job seekers had applied for a position below their skill level, now this has increased to 30 percent.

Applying for a lower position is often affected by many circumstances: lack of adequate offers in the work sector, increased competition and a need for extra work in addition to regular employment, or to make extra money.

Results of a survey conducted by jobs portal CV-Online show that about a quarter of participants were very pleased with their current employment, 53 percent felt average and 32 percent were not pleased with their current employment status.

Half of participants marked they have applied for another job in the last five years, 52 percent of them had applied in the last six months and 13 percent in the last year.

People who have not applied for a new job expressed satisfaction with their current employer (33 percent) and satisfaction with their current position (20 percent). Five percent of participants noted they have not applied for jobs because they are currently registered as unemployed and are receiving benefits.

Salary (81 percent) and location (72 percent) are still the most important factors in finding a new position for Estonians.

Maris Viires, manager of marketing and recruitment at CV-Online Estonia, said: "When comparing application activity in June 2019 and June 2020, we can see a 64 percent increase this year and it will likely increase more."

She noted while some sectors have recovered from COVID-19 faster than others and people have choices when applying for jobs, vacancies in the tourism, hospitality, catering and entertainment are still largely to be seen.

Viires said: "That will inevitably lead people to look at vacancies in other sectors."

The survey conducted shows the status of job seekers between July 1-7 and 941 people participated in the survey.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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