Filed under Press releaseWednesday, 14 December 2016
The value of the recruitment industry to the UK economy is £35.1 billion per year, according to the ninth annual report on the recruitment industry’s performance from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
Key statistics from the REC’s Recruitment Industry Trends 2015/16 include:
The report also found that the majority of temporary and contract assignments last longer than 12 weeks. The average length of assignment is more than 12 weeks for 73 per cent of contract workers and 61 per cent for temporary agency workers. This suggests that the majority of temporary workers benefit from equal treatment with permanent employees under the Agency Workers Directive.
REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:
“The recruitment industry is bigger than ever before and contributes more to the UK economy than advertising, arts and recreation, and the food and beverage industry. Our industry is the engine that drives the UK jobs market, enabling people to find the right job and businesses to find the talent they need to succeed.
“With near-full employment in the UK and candidate availability tightening, recruiters will play an even more important role in 2017. We predict that the industry will grow by between 2.9 and 6.9 per cent next year.
“We hope this analysis of the major trends and benchmarks for the recruitment industry is a useful tool for recruiters who want to track their performance against industry averages.
“As the professional body for recruitment we’re determined to make businesses more successful by helping them secure the people they need. And at the REC we remain absolutely passionate and totally committed to helping to build a labour market that works for recruiters, employers, and the people they hire.”
Recruitment Industry Trends 2015/16 is available online at www.rec.uk.com/trends and is free to download for all REC members.