Orange & Gold Blog

Would you invest in the UK contractor market?

For at least the last five years the larger, publicly quoted UK recruitment companies have been falling over themselves to proclaim the extent of their non-UK business.

Robert Walters is now 74% non UK and Ireland, the figure for SThree is 63%, for Hays is 64% and for Michael Page is 77%.

It is clearly a head office objective for these percentages to grow. Unless an agency is in a good or lucky niche, investors are now viewing the UK recruitment market as being competitive to a difficult degree, with growing regulation, operating within a low or no growth economy and with traditional recruitment models in structural decline.