Recruitment trends through the seasons

To get hired, you want to think like a recruiter and figure out when demand for new hires is at its greatest. It’s easiest to think of hiring in seasons…

The new year is always a busy time for recruiting, largely due to new budgets starting. During winter your staff are less likely to take time off as they’re just coming out of the Christmas and New Year break. This can have the benefit of speeding up the hiring process as well.

At the executive level, January through to June is a great time for recruiting. While hiring at these higher levels can happen at any time, senior job searches have seasons where things become more active, and January through to June is this time for senior roles.

In the Spring, recruiters tend to hunt out the next round of university graduates. Companies will start looking for these people in the Spring to ensure all roles have been fulfilled by early June.

In the hottest months, you can actually expect a slowdown with more people taking annual leave for holidays and some offices shifting to a more relaxed schedule.

This doesn’t mean you should never look for a job change in the summer and instead means you can simply expect that it will move at a slower pace. With recruiters Summer holidays and more relaxed work schedules, job searches can tend to drag on, especially with high level roles that require several people in an organisation to conduct interviews.

Once the leaves start to fall, recruitment and hiring picks up again to fill any vacant roles before the next Christmas and New Year break rolls around. As we said at the start, it is not uncommon for people to recruit in this time to use up budgets before they run out.

For many roles there are equal opportunities for recruitment twelve months of the year but some fields naturally see more movement at certain times of the year.

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