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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Recruitment Industry Trends 2018/19

Industry analysis

Welcome to our Recruitment Industry Trends report for 2018/19, tracking the growth and impact of Britain’s world-leading recruitment sector.

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Despite many firms reporting issues with client confidence because of skills shortages and economic uncertainty — recruitment industry turnover hit £38.9 billion with £33.4 billion generated through temporary/contract placements and £5.5 billion achieved through permanent placements.

Key stats from this year's report 

  1. More than 31,140 recruitment enterprises operated across the UK in March 2019, a year-on-year increase of 2%.
  2. A total of 119,000 staff were employed by the broader recruitment industry, up 3% on 2017/18
  3. Employer satisfaction with their recruitment partners was 82%, the highest level in 2018/19. Similarly, 83% of employers were satisfied with the candidates presented by partner agencies. The highest satisfaction level recorded throughout the year was 83% in April-June 2018.
  4. Over one million people were placed into permanent roles in 2018/19 by the recruitment industry (including associated HR services).
  5. The REC predicts the recruitment industry to grow by 4.6% in 2019/20, 3.0% in 2020/21 and 5.9% in 2021/22.

Recruitment Industry Trends 2018/19

Full report available to REC Corporate members and available to purchase on request - simply contact our research team on 0207 009 2100.