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Recruitment Consultants - UK - July 2015

“The recruitment consultant industry is continuing to change structure. The largest companies tend to be generalist recruiters, often combining temporary and permanent placements across a broad range of industries. Many operate internationally to protect them from the vagaries of a single economy. At the other end of the scale, there is the constant development of new companies, often with a very specific industry or job role specialisation, which tend to benefit from close relationships with their customer base, but can be subject to strong uncertainties when the economy turns down in a specific industry.”
– Terry Leggett Senior B2B Analyst

This report answers the following key questions:

  • How can recruiters benefit from the changing demography of the workforce?
  • Which sectors of the economy are expected to generate the largest demand for staffing in the coming years?
  • Is the recent growth in recruitment process outsourcing likely to continue in the future?
  • Where are skill shortages most apparent and what can recruiters do to exploit this?

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK market for recruitment consultants, 2011-14 actual, and 2015-20 forecast
        • Figure 2: Segmentation of the UK recruitment consultants market, by type, 2011-14 actual and 2015-20 forecast
        • Figure 3: Segmentation of temporary and contract employment through recruitment consultants, 2014
        • Figure 4: Segmentation of permanent employment through recruitment consultants, 2014
      • Market factors
        • Figure 5: Number of employment vacancies in the UK, 2010-15
        • Figure 6: Employment vacancies in the UK, by sector, March-May, 2013-15
        • Figure 7: Employment vacancies in the UK, by size of company, March-May, 2013-15
        • Figure 8: Changes in occupational structure, 1990-2020
      • Companies
        • Figure 9: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the labour recruitment/provision of personnel industry, 2010-14
      • What we think
      • Key Issues

          • Are skills shortages a threat or an opportunity to the recruitment sector?
            • Are skills shortages and high demand affecting the time it takes recruitment consultants to fill posts?
              • How does it affect the number of submissions by recruitment agencies?
                • How will the industry change over the next few years?
                • Introduction

                  • Issues in the market
                    • Definitions
                      • Methodology
                        • Abbreviations
                          • Market positioning
                            • The supplier
                              • The customer
                              • UK Economy

                                • Overview
                                  • Figure 10: UK GDP quarterly development, 2003-15
                                  • Figure 11: UK GDP in economic downturns and recoveries since 1979
                                • Inflation
                                  • Interest rates
                                    • House prices
                                      • Consumer spending
                                        • Manufacturing
                                          • Business investment
                                            • Figure 12: UK GFCF 2003-15
                                          • Imports
                                            • Exports
                                            • Market Factors

                                              • Key analysis
                                                • Market factors
                                                  • Economic conditions
                                                      • Figure 13: UK economic development compared with other major EU countries, 2008-14
                                                    • Employment levels
                                                      • Figure 14: UK employment levels, 2008-15
                                                    • Technological change
                                                      • Figure 15: Proportion of businesses with internet access, by size of company, 2009-13
                                                    • Socio-economic trends
                                                      • Figure 16: Proportion of workforce self-employed, Feb-April 2011-15
                                                    • Legislation
                                                      • Other government policy
                                                      • Market Size

                                                        • Key points
                                                          • Market size
                                                            • Figure 17: UK market for recruitment consultants, 2011-15
                                                          • It is taking longer to fill posts
                                                            • Number of submissions increases
                                                              • Levels of success continue to improve
                                                                • Figure 18: Percentage of candidates placed by recruitment consultants compared with client submissions, by industry, 2014
                                                                • Figure 19: Percentage of candidates placed by recruitment consultants compared with client submissions, by sector, 2014
                                                            • Market Segmentation

                                                              • Key points
                                                                • A market dominated by temporary placements
                                                                  • Figure 20: Segmentation of the UK recruitment consultants market, by type, 2011-15
                                                                  • Figure 21: The role of recruitment consultants to the total temporary employment market, 2014
                                                                • A fragmented use of temporary and contract staff through recruitment consultants
                                                                  • Figure 22: Segmentation of temporary and contract employment through recruitment consultants, 2014
                                                                • Permanent placements are also diverse
                                                                  • Figure 23: Segmentation of permanent employment through recruitment consultants, 2014
                                                              • Market Trends

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Job vacancies continue to climb strongly
                                                                    • Figure 24: Number of employment vacancies in the UK, 2010-15
                                                                    • Figure 25: Employment vacancies in the UK, by sector, March-May, 2013-15
                                                                    • Figure 26: Employment vacancies in the UK, by size of company, March-May, 2013-15
                                                                  • The occupational structure is changing
                                                                    • Figure 27: Changes in occupational structure, 1990-2020
                                                                  • Recruiters’ prices remain under pressure
                                                                    • Figure 28: Employment agencies price index, 2010-15
                                                                  • Skill shortages are increasingly widespread
                                                                    • Figure 29: Skills shortage vacancies (SSVs) in the UK, by sector, 2011 and 2013
                                                                    • Figure 30: Working visas issued by the UK government, 2010-14
                                                                  • Working population aged over 45 to rise significantly to 2022
                                                                    • Figure 31: UK population projection, by age group, 2012-2037
                                                                  • Self-employment no longer the driving force of employment growth
                                                                    • Figure 32: Part-time and full-time workers in the UK, 2011-15
                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                  • Key analysis
                                                                    • Industry development
                                                                        • Figure 33: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the labour recruitment/provision of personnel industry, 2010-14
                                                                        • Figure 34: Analysis of the changes in the structure of employment placement agencies, 2010-14
                                                                        • Figure 35: Analysis of the changes in the structure of temporary employment agencies, 2010-14
                                                                        • Figure 36: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the other human resources provision industry, 2010-14
                                                                      • Development by turnover
                                                                        • Figure 37: Analysis of the financial structure of the labour recruitment/provision of personnel industry, 2013 and 2014
                                                                        • Figure 38: Analysis of the financial structure of the employment placement agencies sector, 2013 and 2014
                                                                        • Figure 39: Analysis of the financial structure of the temporary employment agency activities sector, 2013 and 2014
                                                                        • Figure 40: Analysis of the financial structure of the human resource provision and management of human resources functions sector, 2013 and 2014
                                                                      • Development by employment level
                                                                        • Figure 41: Analysis of the employment structure of the labour recruitment/provision of personnel industry, 2013 and 2014
                                                                        • Figure 42: Analysis of the employment structure of the employment placement agencies sector, 2013 and 2014
                                                                        • Figure 43: Analysis of the employment structure of the temporary employment agency activities sector, 2013 and 2014
                                                                        • Figure 44: Analysis of the employment structure of the human resources provision and management of human resources functions sector, 2013 and 2014
                                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                                      • Adecco Holdings

                                                                          • Figure 45: Financial analysis of Adecco UK, 2010-14
                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                        • Advantage Resourcing UK

                                                                              • Figure 46: Financial analysis of Advantage Resourcing UK, 2009-13
                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                            • Hays

                                                                                • Figure 47: Financial analysis of Hays, 2010-14
                                                                                • Figure 48: Turnover segmentation of Hays, 2014
                                                                                • Figure 49: Net fees derived by Hays, by geography, type and market maturity, 2014
                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                              • Impellam Group

                                                                                    • Figure 50: Financial analysis of Impellam Group, 2010-14
                                                                                    • Figure 51: Financial analysis of Impellam Group, by business segment, 2014
                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                  • Kelly Services (UK)

                                                                                        • Figure 52: Financial analysis of Kelly Services (UK), 2009-13
                                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                                      • Manpower UK

                                                                                          • Figure 53: Financial analysis of Manpower UK, 2009-13
                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                        • PageGroup

                                                                                              • Figure 54: Financial analysis of PageGroup, 2010-14
                                                                                              • Figure 55: Segmentation of UK gross profits of PageGroup, by discipline, 2014
                                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                                            • Pertemps Recruitment Partnership

                                                                                                  • Figure 56: Financial analysis of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, 2009-13
                                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                                • Reed

                                                                                                    • Figure 57: Financial analysis of Reed Specialist Recruitment, 2010-14
                                                                                                    • Figure 58: Financial analysis of Reed Online, 2010-14
                                                                                                    • Figure 59: Financial analysis of Reed Learning, 2010-14
                                                                                                    • Figure 60: Financial analysis of Reed in Partnership, 2010-14
                                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                                  • SThree

                                                                                                      • Figure 61: Financial analysis of SThree, 2010-14
                                                                                                      • Figure 62: Financial analysis of SThree, by geography, 2014
                                                                                                      • Figure 63: Analysis of UK activity by SThree, 2014
                                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                                    • Robert Walters

                                                                                                        • Figure 64: Financial analysis of Robert Walters, 2010-14
                                                                                                        • Figure 65: Turnover analysis of Robert Walters, by geography, 2014
                                                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                                                      • Forecast

                                                                                                        • Key analysis
                                                                                                          • Market size
                                                                                                            • Figure 66: Forecast UK market for recruitment consultants, 2016-20
                                                                                                            • Figure 67: Forecast UK employment prospects, 2012-2022
                                                                                                          • Market segmentation
                                                                                                            • Figure 68: Forecast segmentation of the UK recruitment consultants market, by type of placement, 2016-20
                                                                                                          • Industry
                                                                                                          • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                            • Trade associations
                                                                                                              • Trade magazines

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                                                                                                              Recruitment Consultants - UK - July 2015

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