The number of people in the UK searching for jobs in the driving, retail and healthcare industries has increased significantly over the past seven days, as job seekers react to increase demand for key workers.

According to the independent jobs board, CV-Library, searches for warehouse jobs were up 132% between 16-22 March compared with the previous week. Retail jobs, which includes supermarkets, also saw the number of searches more than double at 128%.

Elsewhere, driving jobs saw a 76% increase in searches, closely followed by admin jobs on 60%. Healthcare jobs saw a more modest 19% increase.

It comes as supermarkets in particular are recruiting thousands of new staff to cope with the increased demand caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “The sad reality is that many companies have had to let employees go during these challenging times and this means more people are actively looking for jobs. We’re also starting to see a similar pattern with CV registrations and will continue to monitor this in the coming weeks.

“We're going above and beyond to support businesses that are recruiting, and our data should provide some respite to the thousands of organisations that are struggling to hire right now; particularly within these in-demand industries."

Alongside this, when looking at job searches for specific roles, CV-Library's data reveals the following increases:

  1. Delivery Driver - up 221.9%
  2. Electrician - up 118%
  3. Driver – up 98.2%
  4. Labourer – up 63%
  5. Project Manager – up 33.2%
  6. Site Manager – up 27.2%
  7. Cleaner – up 13.7%
  8. Retail Assistant – up 13.3%
  9. Administrator – up 7.6%
  10. Warehouse Operative – up 6.9%
Biggins added: “Job seekers are reacting to employer demand and we’re pleased that we’re helping companies to place workers into key roles, quickly and effectively. However, we do have to think realistically and consider how long this will last. With so much uncertainty, and following the Prime Minister's further update last night, the recruitment industry can be a part of the solution, but only with the support and investment of the government.”