The right time to recruit for the Christmas Rush Hour is now!

If you are a business owner, there’s a probability that you are already making plans for (or at least thinking about) the Christmas rush. However, if you are not, it is important that you start making plans from inventory to storage and most importantly, recruitment.

Companies across the UK and Europe are even now developing recruitment tactics to make certain that they are not left without help over the busiest and most profitable months of the year. It is highly important that you recruit more (albeit temporary) staff in the run-up to the festive period to deal with the intensified seasonal demand. Fundamentally, it doesn’t matter if you run a small local-street shop, big clothing store, a busy grocery store or a Pub, it still boils down to the fact that you will require additional hands in the months leading up to December.

Owing to the stiff competition for workers, local companies are struggling to hire thousands of seasonal workers before the biggest shopping season of the year. Interestingly, it is an established fact that the yearly recruitment which covers several industries is taking place earlier than most years and is necessitating that businesses offer flexible hours and other enticements to attract job applicants for the mostly seasonal work.

According to reports published by The Open University, in the past 12 months, a large fraction of the establishments in the UK (as high as 80-90%) struggled to find workers with the right skills. The Open University Business Barometer made it known that 61% of the senior business leaders surveyed stated that the skills shortage has worsened over the past year.

This has resulted into the need for bosses to pay higher wages just to make certain that their organizations have the manpower needed to cope with the Christmas rush. Therefore, it can be concluded that if recruitment is left till the rush hour itself, employers might find that they will have to pay triple the regular price to secure the available bit of talent left.

According to David Willett-Corporate Director at The Open University- ‘Employers are expending more than £6 billion a year on the skills shortage, predominantly through recruitment activities…’

Dependent on the nature of your business, it is advisable to start planning your Christmas recruitment initiative from as early as August or September latest, because irrespective of when your rush begins, you will prefer that your staff members are interviewed and trained as early as possible, to ensure that they take their positions as soon as they are needed. Preparing for recruitment early enough will guarantee that you have the number of hands you need-exactly when you need them and ensure that you get the best pick from those available.

Francis James Recruitment has over twelve years’ experience finding suitable professionals for a wide range of industries across the UK. If you need temporary, contract or permanent staff for the Christmas rush hour, Francis James Recruitment can help get the right people into the right jobs. Our administrative principles ensure that we inculcate professionalism, transparency, efficiency and trust in our recruitment methods. Feel free to email us on or call us on 01543 260376

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