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12th May 2017

REC reporting candidate availability at a low, so grab them quick!

The old saying goes “The early bird catches the worm”, and with the recent findings coming out of REC this couldn’t be more true.

The professional body for UK recruitment businesses are reporting that whilst permanent staff placement numbers are still solid, the growth slowed to its weakest for seven months during April, with factors such as Brexit uncertainties being accredited to the figures.



We have the lowest unemployment rate since 2005, and people already in work are becoming more hesitant about moving jobs amid Brexit uncertainty.

Kevin Green – Chief Executive, REC



REC’s report also highlights that vacancies continued to noticeably rise throughout April for both permanent and temporary staff, with REC Chief Executive Kevin Green stating…


Demand for staff is growing within all sectors and all regions of the UK, but there are fewer and fewer people available to fill the vacancies. We have the lowest unemployment rate since 2005, and people already in work are becoming more hesitant about moving jobs amid Brexit uncertainty.


Karen Reynolds

Of the reports, our Managing Director Karen Reynolds believes it is now more important than ever that recruiters recognise the challenges that businesses face with finding the right employees, and having the right relationship in place is key.

Karen says…


More than ever the point of truly understanding the challenges a business faces with recruiting staff is vital. Just knowing the brief of a vacancy brief is not enough. Hiring companies need a relationship with their recruiter where they trust their expertise and experience to get them the results they need.

It’s vital that recruiters learn the culture, characteristics and needs of the hiring company, and this is the only way you can find an employee that is not only the perfect fit for the role now, but also able to grow alongside the business for the future.


With REC’s findings in mind, if you’re currently looking to fill vacancies in your business, move fast – speed is paramount!