Government Must Abandon ‘Unworkable’ Plan For Temps To Cover Strikes

Representatives of both the recruitment agency sector and workers unions have called on the government to abandon its “unworkable” plan to lift the ban on agency workers filling in during strikes. The full joint statement from the TUC and REC reads: The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Trades Union Congress (TUC) are urging the government […]

Temporary Workers Are Critical To The Economy!

Latest data shows that temporary and contract workers played a critical role in UK’s economy during the pandemic, with 980,000 temporary workers on assignment every day during 2020.  Despite this being the height of the pandemic when so much was turbulent and unpredictable, the use of temporary workers was approximately the same as for 2019.  […]

Job Adverts Hit New High in Run-Up to Christmas

The number of active job adverts in the UK continued to grow rapidly throughout November as businesses rush to hire staff ahead of Christmas.  According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker findings: 210,000 new job adverts were posted in the UK last week, after three of the best weeks for […]

Recruiters Are Busier Than Ever But It’s Taking Longer

Skills shortages in all sectors are inevitably having a significant impact on the recruitment industry, with three in five (58%) saying that they have at least 30% more roles to fill now than before the pandemic.  Almost every respondent to the REC survey (97%) said that it was taking longer than usual to fill those vacancies, […]

Growth In Job Adverts As Recovery Continues

According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker, there were 192,000 new job adverts posted in the week of 21-27 June.  This gives us a total of 1.55 million active job postings in the UK at the end of June 2021. The data shows that the higher rate of growth in job postings […]

REC’s Four Point Plan In Absence of Umbrella Regulation

The REC has advocated for umbrella companies to be regulated for many years.  In the absence of that regulation, the recruitment body is announcing a set of measures aimed at protecting workers and ensuring compliance among recruitment businesses: A call for HMRC to set up a hotline dedicated to reporting bad practice by umbrella companies; […]

Surge in Demand for Temporary Workers

Employers’ intentions to hire temporary agency workers jumped in the three months to March as lockdown measures started to lift, according to new data. The REC’s latest JobsOutlook survey indicates that hiring intentions for temporary agency workers in both the short (net: +19) and medium (net: +23) term rose to the highest since mid-2018. This […]

Hirer Confidence Increases Even In Lockdown – REC JobsOutlook

Businesses’ confidence in their ability to hire new staff continued to improve in the three months to February 2021, according to new data from the REC. Employer confidence in hiring rose to a net level of +13 in December-February 2021, six percentage points higher than in the three months to January. In February alone, this […]