Why January is a great time for companies looking to recruit

January gets a tough press, and it’s not hard to see why – it’s freezing cold outside, the purse-strings are tight after the over-indulgence of the festive period, and everyone’s back to work after a week or two relaxing by the fire.

Nonetheless, January’s not all bad, especially if you’re looking to add new talent to your team. The first month of the New Year is generally regarded as one of the optimum times for companies to put money into recruitment, and, along with September, it’s traditionally one of the busiest months for recruitment agencies in the UK.

There are various reasons for this, but the most significant is that the pool of quality, active candidates is rarely as large as it is in January. The festive period offers a rare opportunity for people to pause and reflect on their career, and, for many, the break provides the impetus they need to make a decision regarding their future. Furthermore, the New Year can feel like a good time for a new challenge, and many people see it as the perfect opportunity for a fresh start.

All of which means that January 3rd tends to see a lot of resignation letters, a lot of calls for recruitment agencies, and a lot of quality candidates putting themselves on the market. Moreover, even if people aren’t actively looking for work, January is generally a great time to approach passive candidates, with people often more receptive to new opportunities than they might be at other times of the year.

From a business’ point of view, there are other reasons why January is such a popular month for recruitment – in many companies, the beginning of the New Year sees recruitment budgets refreshed, meaning that hiring managers are able to proceed with positions that may previously have been on hold.

So, despite the dreary weather and the post-Christmas blues, it turns out that January’s not so bad after all! In fact, if you’re looking to add new talent to your team in the New Year, it could be the perfect time to start your search.

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