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.
Last week we covered the news that the UK government was criticised for using agency staff. The article stemmed from a series of parliamentary questions asked by Jon Trickett ... UK Government Spending on Temporary Staff ... UK Government Spending on Temporary Staff
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has completed an interesting short review of the official statistics on self-employment in the UK.
Amongst the study’s findings is that ... Citation: Self-Employment UK ...
The CIPD has completed an interesting short review of the official statistics on self-employment in the UK.
Self-employment, by the autumn of 2011, had reached a record level of 4 ... Home / Research & Publ... / Research Topics / Region - Europe / UK Self Employed ... UK Self Employed ... Citation: Self-Employment in the UK
The Apsco survey of the UK market for September shows perm placements up +12% Y/Y and temporary/contract placement up 4% Y/Y. Vacancies however were down-12% and -1% for permanent ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Sep 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Sep 2011 ... UK Monthly Hiring Trends Sep/Oct 2011