Recruitment Industry Trends


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. Recruitment industry trends 2016/17 is available for REC members to download.

Recruitment industry trends 2016/17

Recruiters are the engine that drives the UK labour market. Recruiters helped almost 1 million people find a new permanent job in 2016/17, and on any given day there are 1.3 million temporary agency workers on recruiters’ payroll.

Total industry turnover was £32.2 billion in 2016/17. £28.2 billion (87.6 per cent industry turnover) was achieved through temporary/contract placement activity, while approximately £4.0 billion (12.4 per cent) was generated through permanent placements.

The report also provides valuable data about the hours worked by temporary workers, and the REC's forecast for industry growth. 

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 presentations to clients.

Click below to download the 2016/17 report. If you are not a member of the REC you can download the report from our shop.  


How does your business measure up against the rest of the UK recruitment industry?

How does your business measure up against the rest of the UK recruitment industry?

Our new interactive tool lets permanent and temporary/contract recruiters benchmark themselves across a number of metrics. 

Temporary/contract interactive tool 

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