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Are you thinking of hiring before Christmas? Here are our thoughts!

03.12.21 · Industry News

Christmas is just around the corner, the markets are opening, lights have decorated the city, and coffee cups are fabulously festive! 

With all the buzz and to-do’s during this busy period, many believe the last thing someone wants to think about is looking for a new job or hiring new members to their team. 

However, there are many benefits for hiring managers during December which our recruitment consultants at Vickerstock can certainly vouch for. 

From a client perspective, a recruitment drive in December rather than in January has many advantages. January is an extremely busy month in recruitment, some say the busiest month of the year! Therefore, searching for talent in December will allow you to stay ahead of the game, pick out the best candidates before your competitors, something that is especially advantageous in today’s very much candidate-driven market.

Hugh Nugent, our Specialist Engineering recruiter has stated that within his industry November and December is an extremely busy time for hiring managers. Firms are looking for a strong start in January and therefore want to hit the ground running,

“From my own experience, many of my job offers that are coming through from clients have been in December so they can secure the candidate in advance of Christmas and have them on board to start fresh in January. Now is without a doubt the best time to start your recruitment process.”

Here at Vickerstock, our live vacancies are well exceeding pre-covid levels. There are a tremendous number of live vacancies across all industries at this very moment and these will continue into December. James Manley, Recruitment Business Manager for Health, Safety and Environmental Industry at Vickerstock has stressed that in his 10 years in recruitment, he has not seen a dip in jobs in the run-up to Christmas. Demand for the Health and Safety personnel since the outbreak of the pandemic has increased significantly so much so that there are new assignments coming through to us daily.

 Aimee McSorley, Vickerstock’s Specialist M&E Recruitment Consultant for Ireland has expressed her excitement for recruitment during the festive season,

“I find Christmas an extremely motivating time for recruitment. Nothing feels greater placing an exceptional candidate for a client before their year-end and of course giving a candidate their dream job before Christmas.”

Overall, don’t be misled by the quiet reputation associated with recruitment during the Christmas months. Jobs are thriving and in what is a very competitive market, this could your opportunity to start your recruitment drive early to hand pick the best candidates and the team at Vickerstock are here to help you do just that.

Contact us today in complete confidence to discuss live vacancies within your sector on 028 90 313 720 (Belfast Office) / 01 526 7473 Dublin office or email us at info@vickerstock.co.uk. Should you wish to contact our specialised consultants directly please see all details below;


Brian Mitchell - Consultancy, Design & Project Management

Email: brian@vickerstock.co.uk

Belfast: 02890 313720 Mobile: 07751316020


Aimee McSorley - Specialist M&E Recruitment Consultant | Ireland

Email: aimee@vickerstock.ie

Dublin: 01 526 7473 Mobile: +447817174983


Engineering and Manufacturing

Hugh Nugent - Specialist Engineering - Senior Executive, Design, Quality & Supply Chain

Email: hugh@vickerstock.co.uk

Belfast: 02890 313720 Dublin: 01 526 7473


Warren Watson - Senior Recruitment Consultant | Maintenance, Manufacturing and Production

Email: warren@vickerstock.co.uk

Belfast: 02890 313720 Dublin: 01 526 7473


Health and Safety

James Manley MIRP CertRP - Recruitment Business Manager – Health, Safety and Environmental

Email: james@vickerstock.co.uk

Belfast: 02890 313720 Dublin: 01 526 7473


Jamie Harper - Senior Recruitment Consultant – Environmental, Health & Safety

Email: jamie@vickerstock.ie

Belfast: 02890 313720 Dublin: 01 526 7473



Paul Muir MREC CertRP - Recruitment Business Manager – Agri-Food / FMCG Specialist

Email: paulm@vickerstock.co.uk

Belfast: 02890 313720 Dublin: 01 526 7473


Professional Services

Mary Quinn - Recruitment Manager | Professional Services

Email: mary@vickerstock.co.uk

Belfast: 02890 313720 Dublin: 01 526 7473


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