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Barclay Meade Market Intelligence

Tracking UK Recruitment

Autumn 2012

With specific focus on the sales industry our report investigates the growth of the industry and the effects of the current economic climate. Whilst recruitment is slow, companies are hiring, most notably amongst engineering, computing and healthcare companies. It is, as our survey demonstrates, financial services and distribution where we are not seeing similar growth.

A sharp rise in part time and self-employment has played a big part in the overall increase. Those in part time employment only because they are unable to find full time work reached a record high of 1.42m, with the total number of part time employment reaching 8.07m.

The research was conducted during Q3 of 2012; following a rather negative report in Q2 where we found confidence and recruitment levels falling, this quarter gives us a hint of optimism in terms of the recruitment market and business confidence. National indicators suggest an end to recession and this is accompanied by a slight shift in attitudes ‘on the shop floor’.

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Tracking UK Recruitment

Summer 2012

With specific focus on talent management our report investigates what the term means in the current marketplace, how companies best identify talent and how programs to develop it are measured, we interviewed the HR directors of 20 medium and large organisations. To read more please click on the link below.

Additionally, our Tracking UK Recruitment Report reveals that there are still strong pockets of growth out there, especially in areas where high skilled candidates are in demand, such as the automotive and oil and gas sectors. No matter what the economic climate, securing the very best talent will always remain high on employers’ agendas, especially in forward-thinking companies in developing SME markets.

The research was conducted during Q2 of 2012; the first quarter since it was confirmed that the UK economy had fallen back into a double-dip recession. As a result, the UK tracker paints a disparate picture, with stagnating levels of recruitment and falling business confidence tempered by some pockets of positivity around the UK.

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Tracking UK Recruitment

Spring 2012

The research was conducted during Q1 of 2012 – a period of meagre economic growth, which ensured the UK avoided slipping back into a recession. Despite the Chancellor’s best efforts to whip up business confidence in his Budget statement in March, the outlook remains uncertain.

The services sector – which represents around 70% of the UK economy – accelerated in March, recording its 15th consecutive month of expansion, and it’s strongest since spring 2011. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) also reported jobs were being created at the fastest pace in four years.

Finally, following on from the accountancy and finance supplement featured in the Tracking UK Recruitment report last quarter, we have focused this time round on the marketing industry. Interviewing marketing directors of UK medium and large organisations we learn how a shift within the industry is affecting the recruitment plans of many marketing departments.

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Tracking UK Recruitment

Quarter 4, 2011

Our research was conducted during Q4 of 2011 – a time when economic uncertainty prevails as Britain faces high unemployment and exposure to financial turmoil within the eurozone. The report reveals that recruitment levels have remained at similar, or marginally lower rates to the last quarter, as persistent economic worries affect businesses confidence, preventing the job market from picking up.

Overall, the number of businesses which have a freeze on hiring has stayed the same quarter-on-quarter at 16%, putting a stop to the gradual rise experienced in the preceding three quarters of 2011.

Finally, in this tracker we’re pleased to include a supplement focussing on accountancy, featuring Trade Media Group Chief Financial Officer Zillah Byng-Maddick. In a year when the Government demanded action on gender inequality to be at the forefront of the British business agenda, Zillah discusses the route to the top of her profession and what has helped her achieve success.

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Tracking UK Recruitment

November 2011

In this report we are pleased to include a special supplement on procurement; a diverse and challenging career choice for which has the potential to offer a fantastic route for talented individuals to more senior levels within a company.

The statistical research was conducted during Q3 of 2011 – a time when economic uncertainty prevails as Britain faces the threat of a new financial crisis prompted by the collapse of the Greek and other eurozone economies. The report reveals that recruitment levels have picked up significantly when compared with the same time last year.

Overall, the number of businesses which have a freeze on hiring has fallen over the course of a year from 30% in the third quarter of 2010 to 17% in Q3 this year. To read further please review the document attached.

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Tracking UK Recruitment

August 2011

Barclay Meade interviewed owners and directors of medium and large organisations across the UK about their current recruitment plans and the future makeup of their workforce.

The research was conducted during Q2 of 2011 – a time when economic uncertainty is still very much the name of the game as tough conditions prevail on the high street and big names go into administration, such as household retailer, Habitat and fashion chain, Jane Norman. As acute inflationary pressures bite, commodity prices continue to escalate. Meanwhile, the Greek economy teeters on the brink amid concerns about the possible impact on the UK economy.

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Tracking UK Recruitment

24th February 2011

Barclay Meade interviewed owners and directors of medium and large organisations across the UK about their current recruitment plans and the landscape of their future workforce.

The research was conducted during Q4 of 2010 – a particularly difficult time for the UK business community with severe weather affecting the efficiency and productivity of many industries. The impending rise in VAT to 20% is also hanging over many private sector firms, with experts predicting a massive knock-on effect on unemployment figures.

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Research Report

15th November 2010

Barclay Meade interviewed owners and directors of medium and large organisations across the UK about their current recruitment plans and the landscape of their future workforce.

The research was conducted during Q3 of 2010 – a period of further economic and political change following the formation of the coalition Government in May of this year. At this time, UK businesses are awaiting the Government Spending Review on 20th October which will cause many public sector bodies to shut down or merge with an inevitable knock-on effect on unemployment figures. An increase in the amount of talent in the market is also expected.

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