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.


Recruitment Industry Trends 2017/18

Our annual Recruitment Industry Trends report assesses the size of the UK’s recruitment industry and other key changes from the last 12 months. Find out more. 


Increasing opportunity, supporting growth: the role of good recruitment in gender diversity

The REC's latest report, Increasing opportunity, supporting growth: the role of good recruitment in gender diversity, is a how-to guide on embracing best practice and promoting gender equality in the workplace.

Recruiters are in a unique position to help eradicate the gender gap in employment. Good recruitment is the foundation upon which fair and gender-balanced organisations are built and the industry has the power to make a difference that will help grow business and the UK economy as a whole.

Download the report. 

Attract and retain top talent—Pay and benefits in the recruitment sector 

This report is the REC's latest survey of recruitment industry pay and benefits. It 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. Download here.  


Short-term labour for long-term growth: EU agency workers post-Brexit

In this report - Short-term labour for long-term growth: EU agency workers post-Brexit - we look into the role that EU citizens play in supporting employers on a temporary basis. In key sectors like food and drinks, hospitality, and logistics the report shows that their impact is huge – especially as these sectors are struggling to fill all their vacancies even before Brexit day.


Recruitment industry trends 2016-2017

Recruitment industry trends is the REC’s annual report about the shape of the UK’s recruitment industry. Use the data from our industry snapshot to measure your performance against industry-wide benchmarks. Download here.

Scale Up Workbook - How to lead, inspire and retain your people

This workbook outlines steps to help you be the best leader you can be. We talked to recruitment leaders, managers and consultants to find out how people at all levels define good leadership. Those who have already been there and done it share their secrets to success. Download here


Ready, willing and able? Can the UK labour force meet demand after Brexit?

We address a question we hear a lot from policy-makers in relation to low-skilled roles: what can employers and recruiters do to attract British workers into jobs currently done by EU nationals? Download here.  


Tune in to temps

How employers and recruiters can support the agency workers voice in the workplace. Download here.  


Building the Post-Brexit Immigration System

An analysis of shortages, scenarios and choices. Download here. 


Managing migration in a way that supports labour market success

What we can learn from the experiences of recruiters and employers in Norway, Switzerland, Canada and Australia. Download here. 


Perfect match: Making the right hire and the cost of getting it wrong 

It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the cost of bad recruitment, but getting it wrong can have a big impact on a business’s finances.

As UK businesses seek to navigate a period of economic uncertainty, Perfect match: Making the right hire and the cost of getting it wrong contains a step-by-step guide to calculating the price of a bad hire, enabling employers to take an informed and measurable approach to investing in recruitment. Click here for more information.


Scale Up Workbook - How to deliver customer service excellence

Excellent customer service is what differentiates leading recruitment businesses from the pack. In an increasingly competitive market, making sure your consultants understand the value of customer service is more important than ever. Read more.


Gig economy – The Uberisation of work

The world of work is changing. Digital work platforms have accelerated a trend towards flexible, project-based employment, enabling employers to access talent throughout the global marketplace and opening up new opportunities for individuals. Read more.


The 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. Find out more.


Getting on: What progress looks like for low-paid workers

This report explores the challenges faced by the people in these jobs who want to progress. It also reveals that although employers and Jobcentres both believe they provide suitable advice and guidance on how to get on, many of the workers we spoke to disagreed. This highlights the importance of harnessing the expertise of the recruitment sector to help workers progress. Read more.


The Candidate Strikes Back

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



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