Summer increase in construction & engineering recruitment

Published:  24 July, 2014

According to research from recruiter Randstad, June is the best month for employers to try and fill professional level vacancies in construction & engineering.

An analysis of the ratio of job seekers to vacancies shows that on average, there are 4.0 candidates for every new job in June, compared to an average of 1.5 candidates over the course of the year.

Randstead also found that there are 3.7 new job seekers for every new vacancy over summer, compared to 0.4 over winter. Although more new jobs were advertised in spring than in summer, and more new candidates registered for them, from an employer's point of view the best season to recruit is summer.

Owen Goodhead, managing director of Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering said: "If you want the best odds on scooping up professional level staff, June is the month to hire. These figures show far more new candidates are willing to change job in the summer, meaning the effort to recruit and the competition for the best talent is less intense. With the ratio of professional candidates to potential vacancies so advantageous to the hiring organisation, the summer is an ideal time to recruit."

Randstad analysed the times of the year that over 24,000 construction professionals and civil engineers started looking for new roles, and when almost 16,000 suitable job vacancies became available.

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