The United Kingdom is the oldest staffing market in Europe and the largest market in terms of size (by sales). It is highly fragmented with some 15,000 firms. Many of the most recognisable UK-based providers such as Hays, Michael Page and Robert Walters have now spread around the world.
Temporary agency work is treated as a service sector in its own right and, in the UK, was one of the least regulated markets in Europe. However, in recent years the implementation of the European Agency Work Directive has increased the degree of control. There are two principal associations representing the interests of the staffing industry: the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
The UK, a leading trading power and financial centre, is the third-largest economy in Europe after Germany and France, and the seventh-largest in the world. In addition to a flexible labour market, the country is pro-business and open to foreign investment. The population is over 60 million and the nation is placed seventh in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking.
According to our estimates, the Top5 staffing firms operating in this segment owned 38% of the total European Clinical/Scientific staffing market in 2010.
Germany, the UK and France are the main European
The United Kingdom along with Ireland and Denmark have opted out of the Directive. The reason given by the UK government is that the directive guaranteed “rights to illegally staying employees, including
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On pages 4 and 5 you will find data for the latest trends in online recruitment activity broken down by category of worker, sector and UK region. As you can see, the engineering ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends May 2011 ... Home / Research & Publ... / Research Topics / Region - Europe / UK Monthly Hiri... ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends May 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends May/Jun 2011
The Apsco survey of the UK market for April shows perm placements down -4% M/M but up 9% Y/Y. Temporary recruitment placements were down very slightly at -1% M/M but also up 9% Y/Y. Date is also ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Apr 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Apr 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Apr/May 2011
. The European market varies widely by country in terms of market penetration and growth potential. The UK is by far the largest and most developed staffing market in Europe but GDP remains relatively weak
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