Careering onwards: Economic uncertainty has made employers less willing to hire new staff

Temporary-employment placement agencies supply employees to fill positions in a client’s existing labour force on a short-term basis. The industry is heavily affected by economic conditions because firms tend to prefer to preserve the jobs of permanent employees, while temporary employees are often the first to be let go during a downturn. However, temporary workers are also often the first to be hired as economic conditions improve, as tentative businesses seek flexibility in their hiring practices to insulate themselves from potential further economic headwinds. According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, there are approximately 1.7 million temporary workers in the United Kingdom, representing over 5% of the total workforce...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£40.5bn
Annual Growth 14-19
1.7%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
812,556
Businesses
11,253
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Expansions in the labour force and key labour trends are likely to support revenue growth
  • There has been a rise in people working flexibly through their retirement
  • The health-care sector is expected to demand more temporary staff at all skill levels, benefiting demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Temporary employees are essential for the day-to-day functioning of businesses in all sectors. Therefore, it follows that the geographic spread of the industry is consistent with the size and dispersion of industry and population.LondonIt is unsurprising that London is home to the most temporary-employment placement agencies, with a 22.6% share of establishments. Greater London has approximately 8.8 million residents who make up 13.4% of the total population in the United Kingdom, making it the second most populated region in Britain. London’s position as the commercial and financial hub of the United Kingdom ensures industry players are heavily concentrated in the city. Fav...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry are

  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and National unemployment rate in the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry?

    Businesses in this industry provide their clients with workers to temporarily replace or supplement their existing labour force. The individuals are employed by the agency but supervised by the client at the worksite. The industry excludes employees outsourced on a long-term basis, who are classified in other industries according to the activity they perform.

    Industry Products
  • Fixed-term temporary workers
  • Casual workers
  • Agency workers
  • Seasonal workers
  • Industry Activities
  • Recruiting staff for temporary positions
  • Referring selected candidates to potential employers
  • Formulating job descriptions
  • Screening and testing applicants
  • Supplying temporary workers
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • National unemployment rate
  • Number of businesses
  • National minimum wage
  • Total labour force

  • Current Performance
  • Market conditions
  • Labour trends
  • Legislative changes
  • Immigration effect
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Temporary uncertainty
  • Wage changes
  • Working trends
  • Table: Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Banks
  • Primary Education
  • Residential Nursing Care

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consumers
  • Software Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Fixed-term temporary workers
  • Casual workers
  • Agency workers
  • Other
  • Seasonal workers
  • Chart: Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Professional and technical occupations
  • Elementary and operative occupations
  • Customer and personal services
  • Administrative and secretarial occupations
  • Skilled trades
  • Managers and senior officials
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOn-costs for temporary employeesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Agency Staff
  • A term used for staff from temporary-employment placement agencies.
  • Outplacement
  • The process of giving staff that have been made redundant help with finding a new job.
  • Price-Based Competition
  • Competition based on the extra fees charged to clients, above the agreed wage and other statutory charges, to cover an operator's own wages and overheads and a profit contribution.
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