Latest research

The REC is proud to be a research-led organisation that champions the positive impact of the recruitment industry.

Our publications include monthly tracking surveys of recruitment activity, and employers’ future hiring intentions, along with annual reports on the value of the UK recruitment industry and individual reports on important topics related to recruitment and employment.

Read our latest research reports below.

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    Recruitment Industry Trends 2017/18

    REC’s annual report about the shape of the UK’s recruitment industry

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    Gender diversity

    The role of good recruitment at REC for equality

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    Attract and retain top talent

    The report provides invaluable information for leaders and managers about the motivations of consultants and managers when choosing a place to work. It will help you to benchmark your salary and benefits packages and assess your competitiveness in the market.

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    7 Secrets of a successful recruitment entrepreneur

    The 7 Secrets of a successful recruitment entrepreneur is the third in a series of ‘7 Secrets’ reports that look to identify key attributes of successful professional

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    The future of jobs report

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations

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    Tune in to temps

    The REC have partnered with the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA) to talk to a large employer (Tata Steel), a specialist recruitment agency (Chef Jobs UK) and their workers to explore how employee engagement can be promoted among agency workers.

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    Brexit hub

    REC’s work over the coming weeks and months will focus on helping members prepare for different Brexit scenarios

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    Perfect match

    The report explains the common mistakes employers make, details the real cost of poor hiring decisions, and offers practical advice to businesses seeking to avoid financial risks

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    Scale up Workbook - How to deliver customer service excellence

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations

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    Gig economy – The Uberisation of work

    This report Gig economy: The Uberisation of work, reveals how employers, recruiters and candidates interact with digital platforms. It highlights latent opportunities and risks for all parties involved, and tackles common misconceptions and concerns about the gig phenomenon.

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    REC Scale Up Workbook

    This workbook has been designed to be a usable resource, put together so that you can dip in and out of it as you embark on your own scale-up journey

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    Getting on: what progression looks like for low-paid workers today

    The REC wants to work in partnership with government and other stakeholders to build the best jobs market in the world

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    Planning for growth (2015)

    This offers an insight into the motivations and considerations of consultants and managers, so that you can make sure you match up to the competition when it comes to attracting and retaining talent.

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    The Candidate Strikes Back

    The Candidate Strikes Back explores the changing relationship between jobseekers and hirers in a candidate-driven market.

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    Building the best jobs market in the world: the expert view

    This has resulted in this piece of research where we have 24 high profile contributors including economists, trade unionists, academics, members of the House of Lords and business leaders.

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    Chain reaction report

    The REC, in association with CIPS and the CIPD, has produced a report that examines the effect supply chains have on recruitment and how HR, procurement and recruitment professionals develop more strategic working relationships to improve efficiency and quality in recruitment.

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    Flexible Work

    Making clear the value of flexible work to business competitiveness and job creation

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