For all those connected with the recruitment sector over the last 18 months, it has been nothing short of a ‘roller-coaster’ experience. UK recruitment sector activity levels fell sharply as Covid-19 lockdowns were implemented by governments around the world in March 2020, with many industry commentators referring to this fall in activity as being the most severe in a generation. However, the downturn in recruitment was short and sharp, reaching its nadir in June 2020 when employer confidence, job postings, and hiring activity all bottomed out.

In our report, the Future of Recruitment we examine how the sector is predicted to evolve as the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic and the key trends which will shape activity in the recruitment industry over the coming years.

Through discussion with an expert panel of four business founders and leaders who are at the forefront of innovation in the sector, we examine how the recruitment industry is predicted to evolve as the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, and we look at some of the key trends which will shape activity and accelerate change in the sector over the coming months and years.

Some of the key trends emerging from discussion with our contributors include:

• The evolution of transactional focused recruiters towards becoming more embedded, trusted partners to clients through delivery of RPO and Managed Services;

• How technology will increasingly be leveraged to drive productivity and to create a seamless recruitment experience for both employers and candidates;

• How both corporate employers and recruiters will manage their own cultures in order to attract, develop, and retain the very best talent over the longer-term.

With contributions from:

Fiona Hudson-Kelly – Chair, Not a CV
Mark Kingston – Director, finnCap Cavendish
Rob Blythe – CEO, Instant Impact
Ross Crook- Managing Director, Sanderson
Steve Beckitt – Founder, SourceBreaker