‘New Year, New Job’ Resolutions Start Early with Boxing Day Boom in Jobseeking

31st December 2022

  • Workers registering on the Indeed Flex staffing platform on Boxing Day surge by 56% compared to 2021, with Christmas Day registrations alone jumping by 44%
  • The Indeed Flex app, which is already used by more than 100,000 people to find temporary work, saw new registrations spike by 77% on 28th December compared to the same day last year
  • Data comes after research found 57% of those taking on temporary work are doing so to top up their income in the face of the rising cost of living

London, 31st December 2022 – The traditional January surge in the number of people looking for a new job has started early, data released by Indeed Flex, the online staffing platform for temporary work, has revealed.

Indeed Flex, which is regularly used by more than 100,000 people across the UK to find temporary work, saw the number of workers registering for the first time during the five days from Christmas Eve surge by 55% compared to the same period in 2021.

Boxing Day saw a 56% jump in new registrations compared to 2021, with this year’s boom peaking at 77% on Wednesday 28th December, the first working day after the extended Bank Holiday.

Even Christmas Day saw a 44% jump in registrations compared to 2021, with thousands of people joining Indeed Flex for the first time during the Christmas week to look for temporary work.

Date Increase in new registrations on Indeed Flex, 2021 to 2022
Christmas Eve 39%
Christmas Day 44%
Boxing Day 56%
27th December 53%
28th December 77%

Previous Indeed Flex research found that a third (36%) of people were considering taking up a temporary job over the festive season.

Of those already looking for, or about to look for, seasonal temp work, nearly three out of five (57%) said they were doing so to top up their income because of the rising cost of living.

Novo Constare, CEO and Co-founder of Indeed Flex, said:

“‘New Year, new job’ is a promise many people make to themselves at this time of year, and our data shows the traditional January boom in jobseeking has started early, with the number of people registering to work through Indeed Flex surging even on Christmas Day.

“But the jump in new registrations we’re seeing now, compared to this time last year, suggests the type of work people want is changing too. Our platform is dedicated to temporary work, and many of those joining us for the first time already have a job but are keen to boost their income by adding a day or two of temping to their working week.

“Others are retired or working part-time, but one thing they have in common is that they are all attracted to the flexibility of temping. Temporary work allows you to choose where and when you work, enabling you to fit regular temp shifts around your lifestyle or an existing job, or to dip your toe back into the world of work if you’ve been out of the loop for a while.

“There’s plenty of choice too, as many employers are increasingly opting to use temps rather than seeking permanent staff.”