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Jobs, Travel Sites Get Hotter in the U.K.

[London, ENGLAND] Internet research company NetValue reported Friday that the number of visitors to travel and job sites in the U.K. increased substantially during January this year.

Whether motivated by the incessant rain, the wind, the cold, the woes of commuting to work -- or just plain job dissatisfaction -- nearly 1.3 million U.K. Internet users visited a job site in January, double the previous month.

Perhaps hoping to get away from it all, users of U.K. travel sites numbered 3.7 million, up from 3 million in December 2000. One in three Internet users in the U.K. went to a travel site, and one in nine went job-hunting online during January.

Holding onto top position in the travel sector is lastminute.com, with 5.5 per cent of users visiting its site in January. In second and third place were airlines EasyJet and British Airways, with Thomascook.com in fourth position.

"In January, people book their summer holidays and look into changing jobs -- and this year we are seeing people doing these things online," explained NetValue's Alki Manias.

Eighteen months ago, news that job hunting on the Internet had increased by 74 percent from one month to another would have caused a stampede to buy shares, launch new ventures, and create a speculative "bubble." Today, it will not raise too many eyebrows, partly because a lot of the traffic has almost certainly come from laid-off dot-com staff looking for new jobs.

Of those seeking jobs online, one in five is a professional, 10 percent are middle management and 26 percent are students. Very few of them are top earners, according to NetValue. Only 1.6 percent of them make more than £6,000 (US $8,600) a month.

NetValue also has operations in France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, U.S., Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, China and Taiwan.