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April 2021 Recruitment Trends

April 2021 Trends
Permanent Recruitment Trends 2021


With the UK gradually opening up, consumer and business spending is set to increase primarily due to increased consumer and business confidence with the reduction of restrictions and the gradual predictable end of lockdown. Between January and March, consumer confidence grew by 14%; hence employer confidence to meet business demands increased.

Whilst this is positive news, nothing is set in stone, and there is no guarantee of a fourth lockdown not happening due to the rise in concern towards the Indian variant of COVID-19 and continued relaxation of rules. It's estimated that temporary recruitment is set to grow over the next three months but set to slow in 4 to 12 months.

Temporary recruitment trends are oppositely reflected by permanent recruitment; permanent recruitment is to remain significantly the same over the next three months. They are reflecting the unguaranteeable consumer and business confidence being driven by the relaxation of restrictions.

In the next 4 to 12 months, permanent recruitment intentions could increase by 7.2%, higher than the stagnant 3-month trend. Again, this is reflective of current external environments and impacts on businesses.

Overall, it’s positive news as the recruitment industry is continuing to grow. However, this is all dependable on the continued relaxation of COVID rules and consumer and business confidence.

Source: REC Jobs Outlook April 2021