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Recruitment - UK - September 2016

“Amid some turbulent external factors, leading recruitment companies have looked to ensure profitability and sustainability through a number of ways in recent years. This has primarily been through diversification, whether across new market sectors, international arenas, or more specialist employment. The coming years could see heightened instability following the UK’s decision to leave the EU and growing skills shortages, though this may be nullified by a surge in temporary recruitment amid greater uncertainty, which is the main area of value.”
– Marco Amasanti, B2B Analyst

This report answers the following questions:

  • How can recruiters help combat British skill shortages - an increasingly pressing issue for the national economy?
  • How will the recent decision to exit the EU impact the British recruitment industry?
  • How can the recruitment industry adapt to accommodate changing demographics and forecast shifts in the British employment structure?
  • How will the surging popularity of social media recruitment channels impact the e-recruitment sector?

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK Market for Recruitment, £ billion, 2012-2016 actual and 2017-2021 Forecast
      • Market segmentation
        • Figure 2: Segmentation of the Recruitment Market, £ billion, 2012-2016
      • Market factors
        • Figure 3: Vacancies and Unemployment, 000, 2012-2016
        • Figure 4: Vacancies by Industry, 000, March-May 2016
        • Figure 5: Skill-shortage Vacancies, by Industry sector, % of overall Vacancies, 2015
      • Companies
        • Figure 6: UK Employment in Occupational Categories, 000 and % change, 2014, 2019 & 2024
      • What we think
      • Key Insights

          • What are skills shortages in the recruitment industry?
            • How is the government looking to combat this?
              • How can the recruitment industry accommodate future changes in the employment structure?
                • Does Brexit represent a threat to the industry?
                  • What possible negative implications could this decision have?
                    • What possible positive implications could this decision have?
                    • Introduction

                      • Issues in the market
                        • Definitions
                          • Methodology
                            • Abbreviations
                            • Market Positioning

                                • The supplier
                                  • The customer
                                  • UK Economy

                                    • Key points
                                      • Overview
                                        • Figure 7: UK GDP, 2006-2016, (% Quarterly Growth and GDP in £ Billion)
                                        • Figure 8: UK Output, by Industry, 2008-2016, (Index 2013 = 100)
                                        • Figure 9: Quarters after GDP Peak, 1979, 1990 and 2008, (Number of Quarters and GDP as % of PreDownturn Peak)
                                      • Inflation
                                        • Interest rates
                                          • House prices
                                            • Figure 10: UK House Price changes, 2006-2016, (12-month % change)
                                          • Consumer spending
                                            • Manufacturing
                                              • Figure 11: UK Manufacturing, 2014-16, (Index, 2013 = 100)
                                            • Business investment
                                              • Figure 12: UK GFCF 2005-15, (£ Million)
                                            • Imports
                                              • Exports
                                              • Market Factors

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Employment levels
                                                    • Figure 13: Financial Analysis of UK Employment Levels, 2008-16, (000)
                                                    • Figure 14: UK Employment Rate, % of Working-age Population that is employed, 2011-2016
                                                  • Economic conditions
                                                    • Figure 15: Recruitment Market Growth & GDP, £ billion and % change, 2012-2016
                                                    • Figure 16: UK Economic Development compared to other leading EU Countries, GDP, 2011-2015
                                                  • EU Referendum
                                                  • Market Size

                                                    • Key points
                                                        • Figure 17: UK Recruitment Market, £ billion and % change, 2012-2016
                                                        • Figure 18: UK Recruitment Market, £ billion and % change, 2012-2016
                                                      • Public sector employment
                                                        • Figure 19: Total UK Public Sector Employment, millions and % change, March 2012-2016
                                                        • Figure 20: Total UK Public Sector Employment, millions and % change, March 2012-2016
                                                        • Figure 21: Proportion of Total Employment employed in Public Sector, by Region, %, March 2016
                                                        • Figure 22: Proportion of Total Employment employed in Public Sector, by Region, %, March 2016
                                                    • Market Segmentation

                                                      • Key points
                                                        • Temporary recruitment continues to dominate the industry
                                                          • Figure 23: Overall Recruitment, by type, £ billion, 2012-2016
                                                          • Figure 24: Overall Recruitment, by type, £ billion, 2012-2016
                                                        • Temporary and contract staff prove essential to almost every sector
                                                          • Figure 25: Segmentation of Temporary and Contract Employment through Recruitment, % by volume, 2015
                                                          • Figure 26: Segmentation of Temporary and Contract Employment through Recruitment, % by volume, 2015
                                                        • Significant diversity in permanent employment
                                                          • Figure 27: Segmentation of Permanent Employment through Recruitment, % by volume, 2015
                                                          • Figure 28: Segmentation of Permanent Employment through Recruitment, % by volume, 2015
                                                      • Market Trends

                                                        • Key points
                                                          • Job vacancies
                                                            • Figure 29: Vacancies by Industry, 000, March-May 2016
                                                            • Figure 30: Vacancies & Unemployment, 000, and Number of Unemployed People per Vacancy, 2012-2016
                                                            • Figure 31: Vacancies by size of Business, 000, 2014-2016
                                                            • Figure 32: Vacancies by size of Business, 000, 2014-2016
                                                          • Skills shortages
                                                            • Figure 33: Skill Shortage Vacancies as a % of Vacancies, by Country over Time, 2011, 2013 and 2015
                                                            • Figure 34: Skill Shortage Vacancies, by Sector, as a % of overall Vacancies, 2015
                                                            • Figure 35: Skill Shortage Vacancies by Sector, as a % of overall Vacancies, 2015
                                                            • Figure 36: Technical/Practical Skills lacking among Applicants, % of Feedback, 2015
                                                            • Figure 37: Technical/Practical Skills lacking among Applicants, % of Feedback, 2015
                                                            • Figure 38: Productivity, GDP per hour worked, G7 Countries, 2015
                                                            • Figure 39: Productivity, GDP per hour worked, G7 Countries, 2015
                                                          • Broader challenges to recruitment
                                                            • Figure 40: Main non-skills related causes of having hard-to-fill vacancies, % of Feedback, 2015
                                                            • Figure 41: Main non-skills related causes of having hard-to-fill Vacancies, % of Feedback, 2015
                                                        • The Consumer

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • Nearly one-third of consumers have started a new job in the last 5 years
                                                                • Figure 42: Recent New Job, by Age, April 2016 (% of respondents that answered yes)
                                                              • Differences between Industry and Employment Structure
                                                                • Figure 43: Employment Contract, April 2016 (% of respondents that answered yes)
                                                              • The majority of job applications bypass the recruitment industry
                                                                • Figure 44: Job Searching Technique, April 2016 (% of users)
                                                                • Figure 45: Job Applications, April 2016 (% of users that answered yes)
                                                              • Where does the demand reside?
                                                                • Figure 46: Job Application, by level of Education, April 2016 (% of users that had taken a new job in the last 5 years)
                                                                • Figure 47: Job Application, by Job Sector, April 2016 (% of users that had taken a new job in the last 5 years)
                                                              • Could recruiters be more active in contacting candidates?
                                                                  • Figure 48: Contact Method, April 2016 (% of respondents that applied for jobs through a recruitment agency)
                                                              • Industry Structure

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Industry development
                                                                    • Development by industry structure
                                                                      • Figure 49: Total Recruitment Industry, by Industry Structure, % change, 2011-2015
                                                                      • Figure 50: Activities of Employment Placement Industries, by Industry Structure, % change, 2011-2015
                                                                      • Figure 51: Temporary Employment Agency Activities, by Industry Structure, % change, 2011-2015
                                                                      • Figure 52: Human Resources Provisions, by Industry Structure, % change, 2011-2015
                                                                    • Development by turnover
                                                                      • Figure 53: Total Recruitment Industry, by Turnover, % change, 2014-2015
                                                                      • Figure 54: Activities of Employment Placement Industries, by Turnover, % change, 2014-2015
                                                                      • Figure 55: Temporary Employment Agency Activities, by Turnover, % change, 2014-2015
                                                                      • Figure 56: Human Resources Provision, by Turnover, % of Total, 2014-2015
                                                                    • Development by employment
                                                                      • Figure 57: Total Recruitment Industry, by Employment, % of Total, 2014-2015
                                                                      • Figure 58: Activities of Employment Placement Industries, by Industry Structure, % of Total, 2010-2015
                                                                      • Figure 59: Temporary Employment Agency Activities, % of Total, 2014-2015
                                                                      • Figure 60: Human Resources Provision, by Employment, % of Total, 2014-2015
                                                                  • Company Profiles

                                                                    • Adecco Holdings

                                                                        • Figure 61: Financial Analysis of Adecco Holdings, 2011-15, (£ 000)
                                                                      • Company strategy:
                                                                      • Advantage Resourcing UK

                                                                          • Figure 62: Financial Analysis of Advantage Resourcing Data, 2010-14, (£ 000)
                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                        • Hays

                                                                            • Figure 63: Financial Analysis of Hays Data, 2010-15, (£ 000)
                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                          • Impellam Group UK

                                                                              • Figure 64: Financial Analysis of Impellam Group Data, 2011-16, (£ 000)
                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                            • Kelly Services (UK)

                                                                                • Figure 65: Financial Analysis of Kelly Services (UK), 2010-14, (£ 000)
                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                              • Manpower UK

                                                                                  • Figure 66: Financial Analysis of Manpower UK, 2010-14, (£ 000)
                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                • PageGroup

                                                                                    • Figure 67: Financial Analysis of PageGroup, 2010-14, (£ 000)
                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                  • Pertemps Recruitment Partnership

                                                                                      • Figure 68: Financial Analysis of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, 2010-14, (£ 000)
                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                    • Reed

                                                                                          • Figure 69: Financial Analysis of Reed Specialist Recruitment, 2010-15, (£ 000)
                                                                                          • Figure 70: Financial Analysis of Reed Online, 2010-15, (£ 000)
                                                                                          • Figure 71: Financial Analysis of Reed Learning, 2010-15, (£ 000)
                                                                                          • Figure 72: Financial Analysis of Reed in Partnership, 2010-15, (£ 000)
                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                        • SThree

                                                                                            • Figure 73: Financial Analysis of SThree, 2011-15, (£ 000)
                                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                                          • Robert Walters

                                                                                                • Figure 74: Financial Analysis of Robert Walters, 2010-15, (£ 000)
                                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                                              • Forecast

                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                    • Figure 75: Forecast UK Market for Recruitment, £ billion, % change, 2017-2021
                                                                                                    • Figure 76: Forecast UK Market for Recruitment, £ billion, % change, 2017-2021
                                                                                                  • Employment forecasts
                                                                                                    • Figure 77: Forecast Labour Market, Employment in millions, % change, 2016-2020
                                                                                                    • Figure 78: Forecast Labour Market, Employment in millions, % change, 2016-2020
                                                                                                  • Decline of traditional lines of work
                                                                                                    • Figure 79: UK Employment in Occupational Categories, 000 and % change, 2014, 2019 & 2024
                                                                                                    • Figure 80: UK Employment in Occupational Categories, 000, 2014, 2019 & 2024
                                                                                                  • Uncertainty from Brexit
                                                                                                    • Consolidation of social media and e-recruitment
                                                                                                    • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                      Companies Covered

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                                                                                                      Recruitment - UK - September 2016

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