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Recruitment for recovery

Posted on 4/03/2021 by Jayne Morris

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2021 will be a crucial year for recruitment, alongside adapting to the post Covid world we will be embracing the inevitable adoption of more flexible, hybrid and remote working styles and adapting to the significant changes brought about by Brexit. 

TPP are members of REC who have just commissioned a report into the role the recruitment and staffing sector plays in delivering economic growth and opportunities for people. This ground-breaking report looks at the broad social and economic impact that the recruitment industry has and the important role it will play in the recovery from Covid-19. 

As someone who has spent just over three decades working in recruitment it comes as no surprise that our industry helps create better matches between workers and companies, boosting the productivity of the UK economy by a massive £7.7 billion per year.  As non profit specialists TPP’s vision is to change lives and that of other through purposeful work whilst exceeding recruitment standards.   Every year over 300,000 people use a recruiter to help them find a permanent role, this means that every 21 seconds someone in the UK finds a permanent role through a recruitment agency and around 280,000 people use temp work to help support them while they balance work with other responsibilities. 

Most employers will realise that people are their greatest asset and recognise the value of the relationship with their recruiter, one which should be ethical, efficient and expertise driven.  Bringing in the best talent to help achieve the best results.  TPP have been doing just that for the last 25 years and pride ourselves on delivering more than just recruitment services with our host of Giving Back initiatives, such as free volunteer advice, our client and job seeker support hubs and Inclusive Recruitment guide. 

The REC report also found a worrying lack of urgency from many employers on improving D&I with just 30% saying they were focusing on increasing the diversity of their workforce and almost half (44%) of Britons said they did not think the recruitment process was inclusive to people like them.  TPP’s very own job seeker survey demonstrated that 64% of people surveyed felt an organisation’s diversity policy was important to them when applying for a role so this lack of focus on D&I could hamper these employers from attracting the best talent. This is something both REC and TPP want to change and we were encouraged by the fact that two in three (63%) of employers said that working with a recruitment partners helped them increase the diversity of new hires.  REC is urging both government and employers to take serious action to create a more inclusive labour market and we support this campaign. 

​TPP are proud to be part of the #RecruitmentForRecovery initiative and playing our part in supporting organisations as they recover and grow during 2021. You can follow the latest news on this report using #RecruitmentForRecovery or visit the REC website.