2023 has provided a challenging and turbulent backdrop for the professional recruitment market with members reporting tough market conditions. Resilience though has always been a key trait for recruiters, and we look forward with optimism to new opportunities in 2024. Before we say goodbye to 2023, I would like to thank you for being part of APSCo.
Businesses throughout the UK will be supported to unleash the enormous potential of AI across their workforce as the UK Government publishes new guidance to make sure employees have the skills they need.
The APSCo Marketing Forum this week was a well-attended and informative event, hosted by our partner LinkedIn at their stylish London HQ. If you couldn’t join us on the day, then here are our three top insights from the event.
71% of young people (aged 16-24) say they’re driven by the desire to combat climate change, and 80% are more likely to choose
to work for an organisation with a Green agenda. Yet only one in ten currently has a clear understanding of what Green skills entail.
With the UK still facing significant skills shortages, specialist workforce acquisition and management firm, Comensura, has urged employers across the country to not only take a more proactive approach to inclusive recruitment, but also focus attentions on the contingent labour market.
Despite a projected slowdown in the overall job market, the South of England is expected to maintain its position as the top region for job opportunities in 2023, according to new research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
As the UK’s skills crisis continues to intensify, leaders across the recruitment outsourcing and staffing sectors have warned that greater collaboration needs to be prioritised to secure the strength of the hiring market across the country.
The latest data paints a compelling picture of the labour market's resilience. Despite the challenges of the past year, the findings showcase promising trends. The figures underscore the positive momentum in recruitment and hiring activities. While the year-over-year comparisons reveal declines in various metrics, it's important to acknowledge the broader context and the exceptional circumstances that influenced these statistics.
We’re entering the seasonal period where we expect to see demand for healthcare professionals increase, however, the continued fall in permanent job applications is a significant concern. The skills
shortages across healthcare are widespread and the NHS is being brought to its knees by a lack of staff, low morale and burnout. And while contract professionals are usually relied on to fill seasonal
fluctuations and existing gaps, we are also seeing a decline in applications from the flexible labour market which paints an even more worrisome picture.
The shortage of engineering talent in the UK is of growing concern. While it’s perhaps too soon to see the impact of the HS2 announcement on hiring, the fact that applications fell in October suggests that the engineering skills shortage is continuing to pick up pace. We’re unlikely to see this issue resolved anytime soon unless the UK is better able to tap into global resources, particularly contract and temporary professionals.
Smile Education, a leading education recruitment agency based in Birmingham City Centre, has shared news of their inclusion in the first list of the UK’s Leading Recruiters, in a report released by the Financial Times.