The Hollywood Effect on Job Search

Job searches for “stockbroker” after Wolf of Wall Street premiere

This week, the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning The Wolf of Wall Street was released on DVD. As it turns out, Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance didn’t just earn him these impressive accolades, it also had jobseekers interested in his character’s lucrative career.

In both the US and the UK, job searches for “stockbroker” soared around the release dates (see chart above). These searches increased by 80% in the US and 44% in the UK.

Using Indeed data, the Telegraph reported that these job searches were particularly high in Essex, though the data also show notable increases in Kent and Lancashire as well. “As one of the most talked about films this year, it is really interesting to see the effects movies and popular culture have on the jobseeker,” said David Rudick, VP of International. “For many people the inspiration for their career choice was based on a TV or film character. In the case of The Wolf of Wall Street, it seems the proof is in the data.”