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Recruitment Franchises

Recruitment is worth over £30bn to the UK economy, recruitment franchises have been around for some time and operate in a number of areas. The recruitment industry is a face paced business and has over 100,000 people in recruitmemt consultancy roles in the UK.

Some areas recruitment franchises operate including general employment agency, headhunting & care recruitment. Some franchises even recruit vehicle and lorry drivers, usually on a temporary and/or contract basis.

Research is showing that fewer permanent staff are being recruited internally & more through recruitment agencies. Given the time spent to recruit and the high demand some businesses have to recruit this trend is set to continue.

Recruitment industry statistics:

Below we will now list a few statistics collected in the UK. The plan is these statistics can show you the true market size of the recruitment industry. All statistics below have been collected from credible sources. We hope these statistics can help anyone considering investing in a franchise in the vast and diverse recruitment industry.

  • 86% of the UK recruitment industry turnover is comprised of contract placements. Average value of a contract placement is up 20% on 2016/17 to £34,976.
  • A record 32.69 million people are employed, that's 282,000 more than 2018.
  • 15% of the UK's working population are self-employed, totalling 4.88 million people.
  • 849,000 jobs were unfilled in September-November 2018.
  • The average value of permanent placements from the wider recruitment industry was £4,238 (up by 6.4% on the average in 2016/17).
  • 43% of the contract market is highly skilled professionals, meaning higher margins are available for recruiters.
  • For July to Sept 2019, there was an estimated 813,000 job vacancies in the UK.
  • 137,000 job vacancies were in the human health and social work activities sector; this accounted for 16.9% of all vacancies in the UK.


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