As the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, there’s growing concern that the UK could be heading for a recession. In preparation for the potential economic downturn, businesses across the globe have paused their hiring plans – but this could have detrimental consequences for food and drink manufacturers.

To meet your time-sensitive project deadlines and beat the seasonal hiring rush, you need to start thinking about your hiring strategy now.

Identify your hiring needs

In today’s competitive market, finding that unicorn candidate who’ll drive your growth objectives is getting increasingly difficult. That’s why you should identify any required roles and source qualified talent now – even if you don’t need them at this exact moment. If you leave it until the last minute, you could struggle to find what you’re looking for.

You see, the candidates you interview over the next few weeks might not be able to start until 2023, as many workers’ notice periods can be up to three months. Not only that, January and February are historically the most popular hiring months, and the competition for talent will only intensify as we near the end of 2022. As such, now’s the time to get organised – but you don’t have to do it alone.

We’ll take the responsibility of sourcing and video interviewing candidates off your hands. These interviews will be recorded and uploaded to a password-protected website for you to watch at a time that suits you. Here, you’ll also have access to their CV, and a discussion area where you can analyse the interviews with relevant colleagues.

Consider recruiting interim workers

If you can’t wait until the new year, we recommend recruiting interim candidates. Unlike full-time employees, contractors can start work at short notice, ensuring you meet time-sensitive deadlines and keep up with retailer orders during busy periods. 

Fortunately, we have a dedicated team of interim consultants who’ll source talent and send you a shortlist of candidates in a matter of hours. They’ll even help you to determine their IR35 status, so you’re compliant with the off-payroll working rules.

Fill the gaps in your business 

At Silven Recruitment, we have an extensive database of candidates seeking their next opportunity. Get in touch with us today and we’ll fill your roles in as little as 48 hours.