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Recruitment - UK - November 2017

“One year on from Brexit and the recruitment market has sustained growth to refute the declines widely expected in line with mounting uncertainty. However, while immediate uncertainties have not translated into a slowdown in hiring intentions, fears remain around widening skills shortages and the slow-burning manifestation of uncertainty, with hesitancy creeping into the business landscape, triggering a gradual, systemic reduction of labour forces.”
– Marco Amasanti, B2B Analyst

This Report looks at the following areas:

  • How can the recruitment industry and the government help combat British skill shortages in the coming years?
  • How has the structure of the UK labour market, and demand in the recruitment industry, changed in recent years?
  • How has the UK job market performed over the past year in the wake of Brexit, and the climate of uncertainty surrounding it?
  • With the finalisation of negotiations now only 18 months away, how will this climate impact the industry over the coming years?
  • What does the future look like for the recruitment market?

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK recruitment market value, £ billion, 2013-17
      • Public sector employment
        • Figure 2: Total UK public sector employment, '000, Q2 2013-17
        • Figure 3: Public sector employment by industry type, thousands of people change, June 2016-June 2017
      • Private sector employment
        • Figure 4: Total UK private sector employment, '000, June 2013-17
      • Market segmentation
        • Temporary and permanent recruitment
          • Figure 5: Recruitment market value, by type, £ billion, 2013-17
        • Market factors
          • Employment levels
            • Figure 6: UK employment levels, 000 people, 2008-17
          • Unemployment levels
            • Brexit; political and economic uncertainty
              • Market trends
                • Job vacancies
                  • Figure 7: UK job vacancies, '000, May-July 2008-17
                • Skills shortages
                  • Market forecasts
                    • Figure 8: UK recruitment market forecast, £ billion, 2013-22
                  • Employment forecasts
                    • Figure 9: UK employment forecast, '000, 2014, 2019 & 2024
                  • What we think
                  • Key Insights

                      • How can the UK and the recruitment industry combat growing skills shortages? What has been done over the past year in this regard?
                        • One year on, how has Brexit manifested in the recruitment market? Looking further forward, what issues remain and require tackling?
                        • Introduction

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

                                        • Overview
                                          • Figure 10: Forecast GDP development, % change, 2017-21
                                          • Figure 11: UK GDP quarterly development, 2004-17
                                          • Figure 12: UK GDP in economic downturns and recoveries since 1979
                                        • Inflation
                                          • Interest rates
                                            • Consumer spending
                                              • Manufacturing
                                                • Figure 13: UK manufacturing, 2014-17
                                              • Business investment
                                                • Figure 14: UK GFCF, £ million, 2003-17
                                              • Imports
                                                • Exports
                                                • Market Size

                                                  • Key points
                                                      • Figure 15: UK recruitment market value, £ billion, 2013-17
                                                    • Public sector employment
                                                      • Figure 16: Total UK public sector employment, '000, Q2 2013-17
                                                      • Figure 17: Public sector employment by industry type, thousands of people change, June 2016-June 2017
                                                    • Private sector employment
                                                      • Figure 18: Total UK private sector employment, '000, June 2013-17
                                                  • Market Segmentation

                                                    • Key points
                                                      • Temporary recruitment tightened its dominance over the past year amid uncertainty
                                                        • Figure 19: Recruitment market value, by type, £ billion, 2013-17
                                                      • Temporary recruitment demand growth strongest in education, construction and healthcare
                                                        • Figure 20: Segmentation of temporary and contract employment through recruitment, % by volume, 2015 & 2016
                                                        • Figure 21: Segmentation of temporary and contract employment through recruitment, % by volume, 2016
                                                      • Permanent recruitment has seen similar distribution trends in the past year
                                                        • Figure 22: Segmentation of permanent employment through recruitment, % by volume, 2015 & 2016
                                                        • Figure 23: Segmentation of permanent employment through recruitment, % by volume, 2016
                                                      • Regional differences
                                                        • Figure 24: Regional analysis of UK employment, employment rates, April-June 2016 & 2017
                                                        • Figure 25: Regional analysis of UK job market, by broad industry group, March 2017
                                                    • Market Factors

                                                      • Key points
                                                        • Employment levels
                                                          • Figure 26: UK employment levels, 000 people, 2008-17
                                                          • Figure 27: UK employment rate, % of the population, 2008-17
                                                        • Unemployment levels
                                                          • Brexit: political and economic uncertainty
                                                          • Market Trends

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Job vacancies
                                                                • Figure 28: UK job vacancies, '000, May-July 2008-17
                                                                • Figure 29: Vacancies by industry, '000, May-July 2016 & 2017
                                                              • Skills shortages
                                                              • Industry Structure

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Industry development
                                                                    • Changes in the structure of the Industry
                                                                      • Figure 30: Analysis of employment placement agencies, outlets and businesses, % change, 2012-16
                                                                      • Figure 31: Analysis of temporary employment placement agencies, outlets and businesses, % change, 2012-16
                                                                      • Figure 32: Analysis of other human resources provision, outlets and businesses, % change, 2012-16
                                                                    • Industry by turnover
                                                                      • Figure 33: Analysis of financial structure of employment placement agencies, £'000, number of businesses and % change, 2015 & 2016
                                                                      • Figure 34: Analysis of financial structure of temporary employment placement agencies, £'000, number of businesses and % change, 2015 & 2016
                                                                      • Figure 35: Analysis of financial structure of other human resources provision, £'000, number of businesses and % change, 2015 & 2016
                                                                    • Industry by employment
                                                                      • Figure 36: Analysis of the employment structure of employment placement agencies, % of total, 2015 & 2016
                                                                      • Figure 37: Analysis of the employment structure of temporary employment placement agencies, % of total, 2015 & 2016
                                                                      • Figure 38: Analysis of the employment structure of other human resources provision, % of total, 2015 & 2016
                                                                  • Company Profiles

                                                                    • Adecco UK

                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                          • Figure 39: Financial analysis of Adecco UK, £ million, 2012-16
                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                        • Advantage Resourcing UK

                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                              • Figure 40: Financial analysis of Advantage Resourcing, £ ‘000, 2012-16
                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                            • Hays Plc

                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                  • Figure 41: Financial analysis of Hays Plc, £ million, 2012-16
                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                • Impellam Group UK

                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                      • Figure 42: Financial analysis of Impellam Group UK, £ million, 2012-16
                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                    • Kelly Services UK

                                                                                        • Recent Company Activity
                                                                                          • Figure 43: Financial analysis of Kelly Services UK, £ million, 2011-14 & 2016
                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                        • Manpower UK

                                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                                              • Figure 44: Financial analysis of Manpower UK, £ million, 2011-15
                                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                                            • Page Group

                                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                                  • Figure 45: Financial analysis of Page Group UK, £ million, 2012-16
                                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                                • Pertemps Recruitment Partnership

                                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                                      • Figure 46: Financial analysis of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, £ million, 2011-15
                                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                                    • Reed

                                                                                                          • Figure 47: Financial analysis of Reed in Partnership, £’000, 2012-16
                                                                                                          • Figure 48: Financial analysis of Reed Online, £’000, 2012-16
                                                                                                          • Figure 49: Financial analysis of Reed Learning, £’000, 2012-16
                                                                                                          • Figure 50: Financial analysis of Reed Specialist Recruitment, £’000, 2012-16
                                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                                        • SThree

                                                                                                            • Figure 51: Financial analysis of SThree Plc, £’000, 2012-16
                                                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                                                          • Robert Walters

                                                                                                                • Figure 52: Financial analysis of Robert Walters, £ million, 2012-16
                                                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                                                              • Market Forecasts

                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                    • Figure 53: UK recruitment market forecast, £ billion, 2013-22
                                                                                                                  • Employment forecasts
                                                                                                                    • Figure 54: UK employment forecast, '000, 2014, 2019 & 2024
                                                                                                                    • Figure 55: UK employment forecast, by industry type, '000, 2014, 2019 & 2024
                                                                                                                • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                                  • Trade associations
                                                                                                                    • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
                                                                                                                      • Recruitment and Employment Confederation
                                                                                                                        • Association of Professional Staffing Companies
                                                                                                                          • Recruitment Society
                                                                                                                            • Trade magazines
                                                                                                                              • Human Resources
                                                                                                                                • Online Recruitment Magazine
                                                                                                                                  • People Management
                                                                                                                                    • Personnel Today
                                                                                                                                      • Recruiter
                                                                                                                                        • Recruitment International

                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

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                                                                                                                                        Recruitment - UK - November 2017

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