Recruitment Industry Trends

Recruitment Industry Trends is the REC’s annual report about the shape of the UK’s recruitment industry.

This report provides invaluable benchmarking data for REC members to assess how their businesses are performing compared to overall industry averages and to agencies operating in their sector.

Recruitment Industry Trends 2015/16

This year’s Recruitment Industry Trends report is available for REC members to download.

The report finds that the recruitment industry is bigger than ever before. The value of the recruitment industry to the UK economy was £35.1 billion in 2015, 9 per cent more than the previous year, and more than the food and beverage industry (£32.6b) and advertising and market research industry (£16.9b).


It also provides valuable data about the hours worked by temporary workers, the REC's forecast for industry growth, and recruiters' main concerns.

We produce Recruitment Industry Trends for our members. We encourage you to copy the charts and tables to use in your own internal reports and even presentations to clients.

Click here to download the 2015/16 report. If you are not a member of the REC you can download the report from our bookshop.

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