Record numbers in January job hunt

Business productivity levels have got off to a slow start in 2002, as workers take a record number of days off to look for new jobs, according a new report from recruitment site fish4jobs.

According to the survey almost a quarter of workers – 23% – intend to look for a new job in January.

Six out of 10 respondents to the Fish4Jobs survey said they had taken a ‘sickie’ from work to attend a job interview.

But suspicious bosses are reluctant to give their staff the benefit of the doubt – half of employers suspect that a member of staff who phones in sick is likely to be attending an interview for a new job.

A further one in five respondents admitted they had used the death of a friend as an excuse for bunking off work to go for an interview.

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