16 Recruitment Agency Statistics You Need to Know

15 Feb 2020

Recruitment Industry

The recruitment industry is seriously competitive and it’s growing and evolving at a rapid rate. If you’re thinking of starting your own agency then it’s good to understand the state of the market and the opportunity available.
We’ve put together some really important statistics about the size of the industry and the challenges faced by recruiters today:

1) The recruitment industry is worth £35.7 billion.

Source: https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2018/12/uk-recruitment-industry-grows-11-percent-yoy-rec-reveals

This is a huge increase of 11% from the previous year. It shows how the market is expanding and the opportunities that are to be had within the industry.

2) More than 80% of the value of the industry is generated through temporary and contract placements, rather than permanent.

Source: https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2018/12/uk-recruitment-industry-grows-11-percent-yoy-rec-reveals

A deeper look at the results shows that every temporary or contract placement is worth on average £34,976, with every permanent placement worth £4,238.

3) 85% of contract positions were for 12 or more weeks, with 45% of contracts for six or more months.

Source: https://www.rec.uk.com/research/recruitment-industry-trends2

4) In 2018 there were 39,232 recruitment agencies in the UK.

Source: https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2018/05/recruitment-industry-edges-closer-to-40000-agency-mark

5) Only 16% of all recruitment agencies were in existence before 2008.

Source: https://recruitmentbuzz.co.uk/46-increase-in-number-of-uk-recruitment-agencies/

It shows the momentum of the market, though it’s worth mentioning that published data suggests that the majority of people running those agencies are sole traders.

5) One in every 67 limited companies registered in the UK is a recruitment agency.

Source: https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2018/05/recruitment-industry-edges-closer-to-40000-agency-mark

6) More than 8000 new recruitment agencies were launched in 2018.

Source: https://recruitmentbuzz.co.uk/46-increase-in-number-of-uk-recruitment-agencies/

7) Currently there are thought to be 148,000 people employed in the recruitment industry.

Source: https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2019/08/uk-recruitment-industry-turnover-48-pounds-billion-according-to-talint-report

8) From 2017 to 2018 there was a 46% increase in the number of registered recruitment agencies.

Source: https://recruitmentbuzz.co.uk/46-increase-in-number-of-uk-recruitment-agencies/

Unsurprisingly, London was reported as the city with the most recruitment agency start-ups. This was followed by Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Leicester and Bolton.

9) In 2017/2018 recruitment agencies placed over 1 million candidates.

Source: https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2018/12/uk-recruitment-industry-grows-11-percent-yoy-rec-reveals

Unemployment is now at its lowest level since 1975. The number of people out of work fell by 13,000 to 1.281 million.

10) In 2019, advertised roles received on average 10.8% more applications.

Source: https://www.cv-library.co.uk/recruitment-insight/job-market-report-q2-2019/

The statistics is a result of research conducted by CV Library. They put the increase down to the fact that candidates feel more positive about career opportunities and the job market. The Design and Construction industries saw the biggest jump in applications.

11) The number of job vacancies in 2019 has grown by 0.6%

Source: https://www.cv-library.co.uk/recruitment-insight/job-market-report-q2-2019/

12) The average salary has increased by 3.2% in 2019.

Source:https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/december2019

The latest statistics show that the average person in the UK earns £28,677, this is based on individuals that work full time.

13) 92% of candidates report having a bad experience while job hunting.

Source: https://www.pwc.com/us/en/library/workforce-of-the-future/hr-recruiting.html

A survey conducted by PwC, found that among the many reasons cited by candidates, recruiters who they speak to and then never hear from again, was the most common issue. In fact 61% of candidates had experienced this.
Businesses that drag out the recruiting process was also a common issue raised by candidates.

14) 78% of recruitment industry professionals cited tight talent pools as their biggest challenge.

Source: https://grid.bullhorn.com/uk/key-findings/

In response to this issue, recruitment professionals felt that the best way to plug the gap was to re-skill candidates.

Keeping up to date with the latest technologies was another challenge identified by the recruitment professionals. A huge 86% of recruiters felt that it was essential to remain competitive. Social media was also thought to be an area where most recruiters needed support.

15) 58% of recruitment professionals are nervous about the economy and future growth.

Source: https://grid.bullhorn.com/uk/key-findings/

32% were also uncertain about Brexit and the impact it will have on their business, particularly their access to the use of foreign labour.

16) 45% of recruiters feel that millennials are the hardest generation to target.

Source: https://grid.bullhorn.com/uk/key-findings/

This is those born from 1981 to 1996, so currently in their early twenties to their mid thirties. The Baby Boomers, which is those currently aged from their early fifties to their seventies, were considered easier to communicate with.

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