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Half (50%) of job hunters in the UK have admitted to accepting multiple job roles, and using them as a platform for negotiation with potential employers, in an attempt to secure the best job offer and salary, according to CV-Library.

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Dubbed as 'Job Hoarding', this latest trend puts both recruiters and businesses in a difficult position.

In addition to the half accepting multiple jobs, 64% of the UK’s professionals stated that they would accept a job role that they were unsure of whilst continuing their job search, leaving businesses in an unstable situation.

Just over eight in ten (81%) of those surveyed said they would accept more than one job offer for up to two weeks. CV-Library also found that 77% believe it’s reasonable to accept more than one job offer at a time, in order to negotiate a better package.

Fifty-five per cent also said they would reveal what another company is offering when negotiating a job offer.

CV-Library warned that the market will become increasingly competitive, resulting in businesses finding themselves having to compete even harder for the best talent.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “While it’s understandable that job hunters in today’s economic climate are keeping their options open and applying to multiple roles and companies, accepting more than one job offer puts businesses in a very difficult position.

“Organisations must be prepared for this behaviour, and ready to highlight broader job benefits, such as flexible hours, staff bonuses and other workplace perks. We know that salaries are important, but we also know from previous research that candidates value company culture and job satisfaction, meaning companies should be ready to promote the wider holistic package in order to steer any counter offers and secure the best talent. By doing this, businesses can be armed and ready to win the talent war without having enter into salary battles.”

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