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.
As many as nine of the Top 20 firms are headquartered in Poland; of the remaining 11 we count: 2 UK firms and 1 British firm headquartered in Malta; 2 Dutch, 1 Irish, 1 American, 1 German, 1 Austrian, 1
The Apsco survey of the UK market for July/August shows perm placements easing back -2.3% Y/Y and vacancies down -3.7% Y/Y. Temporary recruitment placements were up a healthy +8.9% Y ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends July 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends July 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends July/Aug 2011
We estimate that in 2010 the size of the UK market was £20 billion. There were in the region of 7,000 business operating in the sector of whom over 800 have a turnover above £1 million ... Top Staffing Firms UK 2010 ...
In 2010 the UK staffing industry saw a strong recovery from the disastrous 2009.
Market consolidation is a key trend in the market.
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fragmented in Western Europe alongside the UK and Germany. By contrast with Belgium where the top 5 firms owns 53% of the market, the top 5 firms account for a mere 38% of the Dutch market.
The Apsco survey of the UK market for June/July shows perm placements up both M/M +6% and Y/Y +8.5. Temporary recruitment placements were down very slightly at -1% M/M but up 6% Y/Y. Date is also ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Jun 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Jun 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Jun/Jul 2011
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