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UK Goes From “Great Resignation” to Search for a Side Hustle

October 28, 2022 | Updated November 3, 2022

Economic turmoil and the surging cost of living are driving people in the United Kingdom to search for part-time employment, a Similarweb analysis suggests.


total monthly visits to leading job boards, UK, Desktop & mobile web, Sep' 21 - Sep' 22


In the “Great Resignation,” hundreds of thousands of employees across the world decided to quit their jobs, sure that they could find better opportunities elsewhere or in self-employment. Given the recent economic downturn and waves of layoffs, workers today might be scared to take that same leap of faith. This is particularly true in the UK, where the cost of living crisis is acute and economic uncertainty keeps increasing.

Instead of leaving a job, or seeking a new one, Brits may be motivated to hold on tight to their current employment – and perhaps take on side hustles for extra income. We can see signs of that in the job search and job site traffic data. After steadily increasing until about May, traffic to the major job boards has been stabilizing or even slowing.

Search volume for keywords related to part-time employment has risen by 52% in the last 12 months, according to Similarweb estimates. London was the city most associated with this kind of search, maybe because, as the Guardian reported, rents have increased by 16% YoY.

Search volume for part-time jobs keywords, UK, Desktop & mobile web, Oct' 21 - Sep' 22

Secondly, part-time jobs searches within leading job boards are increasing 6% YoY as of September ‘22; however, with new energy prices that started to rise on October 1st alongside with the economic turmoil that Liz Truss has put the UK in, more recent figures (using the last 28 days of data) saw an even stronger increase.

  • Total searches for part-time jobs are up 31% YoY as of September 26th- October 19th 2022.
  • Leader saw traffic to its part-time job postings rise 16% YoY.
  • has seen a significant increase in searches for part-time jobs on its site (112%); desktop traffic share for part-time jobs’ segment went up from 3% last year to nearly 8%.
YoY changes to leading job sites


YoY changes to leading job sites

What about freelancers? It seems that these past few months, Brits have been looking slightly more at this type of employment that offers both flexibility and a potential additional income stream on the side. Taking a look at total traffic to the top 15 freelance job boards, including Fiverr, total traffic increased 1% YoY between July and September 2022, and by 2% YoY as of September. The increase is lower than for part-time job searches, and can be explained by the lack of certainty that freelance jobs offer.

Total visits comparison - freelance job boards

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