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

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations engaged in the acquisition of business professionals, on behalf of their clients, either on a permanent or flexible basis.

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    Gender diversity

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations engaged in the acquisition of business professionals, on behalf of their clients, either on a permanent or flexible basis.

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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

    This report highlights the views and experiences of 10 successful recruitment entrepreneurs, each with their own success story and their own way of developing and growing their recruitment businesses.

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    The future of jobs report

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations engaged in the acquisition of business professionals, on behalf of their clients, either on a permanent or flexible basis.

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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

    On 29 March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50(2) of the Lisbon Treaty of the EU, giving the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal from the EU.

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    Perfect match

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations engaged in the acquisition of business professionals, on behalf of their clients, either on a permanent or flexible basis.

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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 engaged in the acquisition of business professionals, on behalf of their clients, either on a permanent or flexible basis.

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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

    The Scale Up Workbook has been put together to help recruitment leaders who want to develop their business by putting in place the building blocks to grow at a faster pace than the market.

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

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations engaged in the acquisition of business professionals, on behalf of their clients, either on a permanent or flexible basis.

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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

    the Flexible Work Commission, bringing together employers, recruiters, think tanks and academics to assess the changing nature of work in the UK.

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