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Businesses should be ready for an applicant surge in September as over half (57.1%) of workers are more likely to consider a new job as the summer draws to a close.

Despite July and August being quieter months for recruitment, September 2015 saw a 13.2% increase in candidates registering their CVs while job applications also soared by 7.5%, according to CV-Library.

This news means that SMEs should be prepared to experience an increase in candidate interest come September, as many workers look to explore new opportunities as a result of the typical post-summer-blues.

Of the 2,200 UK workers surveyed, 70.1% find it difficult to get back into a routine after a summer holiday with nearly three quarters (72.3%) admitting that it takes one to two days to adjust to work post-holiday. Interestingly, over half (55.8%) think that workplace morale drops as the summer comes to an end, with 86.9% agreeing that it is the employer’s responsibility to keep morale high.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “Post-summer labour market activity always tends to improve, as more people return from their holidays, and SMEs begin to pick up the pace. During this period last year, for example, we saw job creation rise by 17%, and we’re hopeful that we’ll witness a similar increase again this year.”

The research found that workers find the following factors most difficult about returning to work after a summer break: getting up early (28.4%), getting back into a routine (25.1%), catching up on work (17.9%), catching up on emails (10.9%), staying motivated (8.5%) and dealing with work stress (5.8%).

Biggins continues: “Implementing a robust process which helps to ease people back into work post-holiday is extremely important. Our research tells us that employees feel much better if they have an update meeting on return, followed by time to catch up on emails and projects, as well as speaking with team members and having enough time to create a priority list. Ensuring you accommodate these needs can help workers feel more positive about their return to work after a summer break and may prevent employees looking for work elsewhere.”