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UK recruitment sector growth up 10% on 2015

2,926 new recruitment agencies launched in the first half of 2016, a 10% increase on the number of agencies launched in the same period in 2015, according to research from recruitment finance provider, Sonovate.

The data, taken from Companies House, suggests that despite recent economic uncertainty, the recruitment industry is in good health. During the first and second quarter of 2016, the number of new recruitment agencies increased by 10% and 7% respectively compared to the same periods last year. In 2015, a total of 5,110 new recruitment agencies launched in the UK, a 144 % increase on the 2,092 agencies launched in 2010.


Richard Prime, Sonovate co-founder and co-chief executive, said, “The UK recruitment sector is thriving, and the industry’s rapid growth is showing no sign of slowing. This is good news for the economy, especially during the current climate of uncertainty following the Brexit vote.”

A number of factors are responsible for the sector’s success, claim Sonovate. Last year saw the UK employment rate rise to the highest level since 1971, according to the Office of National Statistics, and APSCo data shows that vacancies in core sectors are growing year on year.


Prime stated, “Record employment levels present challenges for employers to retain staff as confidence amongst job seekers grows. As wage growth continues upwards, and the war for talent intensifies, skilled recruitment professionals are able to use their industry experience and networks to source the best talent."


An increase in contract recruitment, which is often the result of businesses having to take on extra staff to fulfil demand for expanding workloads, is also responsible for the sector’s growth, says Sonovate.



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