December is a prime time for staff recruitment

Recruitment more challenging in December? Think again! Whilst many organisations traditionally see December as “downtime” for recruiting staff, recent research by jobs.ac.uk has found that December is in fact a fantastic time to recruit high-quality candidates – so you could be missing a vital opportunity!

6 reasons why December is a good time to recruit staff

  • Thousands of jobseekers still use jobs.ac.uk in December
    453,227 unique visitors used jobs.ac.uk in December 2010, of which 35% were brand new users that have never visited the site. jobs.ac.uk even received 34,750 visits between Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 2010!
  • Think globally, recruit globally…
    Many international jobseekers will not celebrate Christmas or take holiday in December. In fact, Christmas only has the same impact in a handful of countries as the UK, so it’s essential organisations continue to recruit in December!
  • There is less competition
    Recruit the best candidates before any competitors who may be idle until the New Year.
  • Lighter workload
    Start the New Year with a bang by getting recruitment shortlisting, induction & training done during the quieter business period. New starters could also be invited to the annual staff party as a great “ice breaker” to meet the new team.
  • More active & receptive jobseekers
    The “New Year – New Career” mind-set means lots of jobseekers are actively looking for jobs and thinking about their career status in December. December also often provides jobseekers with much more time to search for jobs too!
  • Good interview availability
    It’s often much easier for jobseekers to take time off in December and therefore find available time to attend job interviews – helping to shorten the recruitment time!
  • Start the New Year with your new employee in place
    Vacant jobs in January could mean a slow start to the New Year, whereas new employees recruited before January could help make a flying start to the year.

To celebrate the results of the study, jobs.ac.uk are offering organisatons 20% discount off the cost of any jobs.ac.uk Enhanced Advertising placed between 1st December and 30th December 2011*

Pre-book your December advertising today by contacting Carl Freelove on +44(0)24 7615 0083 or carl@jobs.ac.uk

* Terms and Conditions of Offer
Discount only applies to Enhanced Advertising booked directly from the employer. Offer excludes Campaign Sites, Employer Videos & Basic Adverts. Enhanced Advertising must be live on jobs.ac.uk between 1st December to 30th December 2011.

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5 Responses to December is a prime time for staff recruitment

  1. Hey! That’s a very great post. I’m very positive I will suggest it to my co-workers.

  2. Great blog. I’m impressed how well-written it is.

  3. Your point about competition is a very valid one. Within the job board market especially but within recruitment as a whole, you always see a thinning out of applications in December and a mad rush in January. By recruiting in December, you avoid exposure to the throngs of candidates who have decided to look for a new job purly out of the January blues and instead catch the handful that are actually serious about their application

  4. Abe musi says:

    Remarkable things here. I’m very happy to see your article. Thanks so much and I am taking a look ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

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