Industry Best time/day for views Best time/day for applications
Accounting/Finance 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Tuesdays
Administration 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Agriculture 10-11am, Tuesdays 10-11am, Tuesdays
Arts/Design 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Automotive 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am, Mondays
Catering 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Charity 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Construction 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am, Wednesdays
Customer Service 10-11am, Wednesdays 12-1pm, Mondays
Distribution 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am, Mondays
Education 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Electronics 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am, Mondays
Engineering 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am, Wednesdays
Hospitality 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Wednesdays
IT 10-11am, Mondays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Legal 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Leisure/Tourism 10-11am, Mondays 10-11am, Mondays
Manufacturing 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am, Mondays
Marketing 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Media 10am-11am, Tuesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Medical 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Wednesdays
Property 10-11am, Wednesdays 10am-11am, Tuesdays
Public Sector 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Wednesdays
Recruitment 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Retail 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Sales 10-11am, Wednesdays 10-11am, Mondays
Social Care 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays
Telecoms 10-11am, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Mondays

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library comments: “There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to hiring; and as our data shows, candidate behaviour varies massively depending on the industry you’re recruiting in. While application rates are higher than usual right now, it’s still important to understand when the best time to advertise your jobs might beso you can maximise your postings as much as possible.”

Further analysis from the job board reveals that:

  • Professionals in Agriculture, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Leisure/Tourism, IT, Medical and the Public Sector are most likely to apply for jobs straight after they’ve viewed them
  • People working in Accounting/Finance and Media will wait nearly a whole week (six days) between viewing a job and then applying for it
  • Most other industries analysed will wait five days between viewing a job and applying for it (Wednesday was most common for views and Monday for applications)

Biggins continues: “We know that for some professions, the application process can be lengthy, which is why there may be a longer time lag between people viewing and applying. On the other end of the spectrum, some sectors like construction or hospitality may not even require people to apply with a CV, hence the shorter time frame.”