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How consultants should navigate the autumn recruitment rush

Paystream News

Michelle Derungs

Friday 29th Sep, 2017

September is all about getting 'back to school' and into a routine after the summer, and keeping your head down until the Christmas break. But for those who are in a job that they don't enjoy, this can feel like a long stretch ahead.

As a result, this time of year often sees a recruitment rush, with recent statistics from CV-Library showing that there are currently plenty of vacancies available for workers to apply for. This means there are a myriad of options if they decide they're in need of a change.

Subsequently, recruitment consultants can find that this is an especially busy time of year for placing contractors and other job candidates into roles, so how can they make sure they're prepared to navigate the rush?

How much activity is there in the jobs market right now?

According to CV-Library, limited company contractors, freelancers and other job seekers had 10.7 per cent more opportunities to pick from at the start of September 2017 than in the same month last year. This means this period may be even busier for contractors than usual this year.

Bristol was home to the biggest increase in vacancies, at 45.3 per cent, while the social care and manufacturing sectors were the industries with the greatest rises in demand for workers. These stood at 26.7 per cent and 24.5 per cent over the course of the last 12 months, respectively.

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, commented: "With recent graduates entering the workforce and September blues setting in as professionals return from their holidays, we often see an increase in those looking for their next exciting career opportunity.

"With so many key cities experiencing job growth, businesses will have to fight hard to stand out from their competitors and attract the most talented candidates to their business."

Many companies will collaborate with recruitment consultants to help them to fill these positions. So how can consultants handle this seasonal rush in the best way possible?

How to handle the recruitment rush

Recruitment consultants can in fact play a key role in encouraging businesses to increase their use of contractors and freelancers amid a recruitment rush period.

They can explain the value temporary workers can add to a business, even over a short-term period. If a company is trying to navigate its way through a lot of workers leaving all at once, contractors can prove invaluable.

At the same time, you can help the contractors that you're placing into roles to access extra support by pointing them in the direction of PayStream's umbrella company and limited company service, whose focus on compliance keeps you and your contractors safe whilst offering expert advice and bespoke services tailored to your contractors needs.

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