Latest figures show that the UK recruitment industry grew by 11% to £35.7 billion in 2017/18 – this is despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
Data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) ‘Recruitment Industry Trends’ report has revealed that the total industry turnover from permanent and temporary/contract placements, and other HR services, reached £35.7 billion, an increase of 11% on last year.
£30.85 billion was generated through temporary/contract placement activity, and approximately £4.84 billion through permanent placements.
The number of businesses operating in the UK recruitment industry grew by almost 10% in the year to March 2018, totalling 30,430, and the industry employed approximately 115,000 people.
Other figures from the 2017/18 report include:
- Almost two thirds (64%) of temporary assignments were for 12+ weeks, while one in five (20%) were for 6+ months (compared to 61% and 20% respectively in 2016/17)
- 85% of contract placements were for 12+ weeks, and 45% of contract workers were on assignment for 6+ months (compared to 80% and 44% respectively in 2016/17)
- The average value of permanent placements from the wider recruitment industry was £4,238 (up by 6.4 per cent on the average in 2016/17)
- The average annualised turnover of each temporary/contract worker on assignment was £34,976 (up 20% on the average in 2016/17)