When's the best time of year to look for a job?

Emma Woollacott

We've all been there: woken up on January 2nd with a sinking heart and decided it's time to look for another job. Indeed, according to a survey carried out in January by www.MyVouchers.co.uk, changing job is the fourth most popular New Year's resolution, with 16 percent of people putting it on their list.

But is January really the best time to start your hunt? It can be, says Flora Lowther, head of research at the Adzuna job vacancy search engine. "We definitely see peaks around September and January; the employment market tends to go into a lull in July and August," she says.