The State Of Recruitment Report 2021

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What impact has COVID-19 had on the recruitment market in the East Midlands?

How has COVID-19 and the first lockdown affected companies and recruitment?

This special report takes a look at how COVID-19 and the first lockdown affected companies and recruitment in the East Midlands. In particular, which sectors were hardest hit, which were able to rebound the fastest, and what lessons can be learned as we continue to face the challenges ahead.

At the start of 2020, the recruitment industry in the UK was valued at £38.9 billion. Unemployment was at its lowest levels since the 1970’s, and the average annual industry growth rate was a comfortable 6%. On the whole, despite Brexit looming, the recruitment industry had a strong outlook for the year ahead. Then COVID-19 hit. While in January international news reports told of a virus outbreak in China, nobody could have predicted the massive negative impact the virus would have on the UK, nor how long lasting that impact would be.

With the pandemic not yet under control, and still many uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the UK economy is in for a rocky start to 2021. It’s going to take a different approach to both business and recruitment. Research reflects that the marketplace is changing and that the companies too slow or too resistant to change are the ones most likely to face extinction.

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Vanilla Recruitment

We recruit throughout the East Midlands covering Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and the surrounding areas, especially Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Leicester, Corby and Kettering. We help people find their perfect job and match suitable job seekers with businesses looking to hire the best candidates across our five specialisms – SalesMarketingAccountancy & FinanceHR and Office

Recruiting with us is simple and painless

Recruiting with us is simple and painless. We invest our time getting to know you, your business, your goals, your environment and culture. This means we can find people we believe are a true match for you.

Our people are at the centre of Vanilla’s values and it’s their passion to ‘get it right’ that gives us our unique recruitment service, our excellent customer retention rates, and our fantastic repeat business levels from both clients and candidates.

We are proud to be an independent recruitment agency because it gives us the flexibility to form a true partnership with you. Across our 5 niche recruitment specialismsour unified team are committed to getting you the results you need.

We are experts in matching the right candidates with the right businesses. We will work hard to understand your culture, needs and requirements, and we will only send you candidate details if we see a real fit being possible.

So, if you are looking for great talent across any of our specialisms within the East Midlands, please register your vacancy above and we’ll get back to you straight away. Alternatively please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your recruitment needs.​