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Latest figures show that the recruitment and staffing industry filled more temporary, contract and permanent roles in 2022 than the year before.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest Recruitment Industry Status report (RISR) highlights the key role that recruitment and staffing firms played in driving the post-pandemic recovery for firms and workers.

As many as 25.7 million temporary and contract placements were made in 2022 (compared to 22.4 million in 2021) and separately 702,950 permanent placements were made in 2022 (a significant rise on 540,000 in 2021, as the permanent market took off more slowly after the pandemic).

Neil Carberry, REC Chief Executive, said, “Today’s report emphasises again what an important part of the economy recruitment and staffing is. While 2023 has certainly been a slower year, and our forecast reflects that in today’s report, recruiters remain at the heart of driving the UK’s economic success and making a difference to candidates from all backgrounds.

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“The industry has continued to grow because recruiters have adapted to clients’ demand for flexibility, which is offered by temps and contractors. Recruiters are proving adept at not only filling gaps but also at advising clients on retention strategies, training, and inclusive recruitment practices designed to attract the wide range of talent clients need to grow.

“Recruiters that are proven partners to clients will prosper in the challenging market and prosper when the economy picks up.

“With just under a quarter of a million people working in UK recruitment and staffing, we should be proud of the difference we make, whether in fair weather like 2022, or more challenging conditions, like 2023. Recruitment is a great career, a chance to make a difference and a key part of the UK’s world-leading professional services sector.”

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