Adapt your talent recruitment for the UK

The market at a glance

Size of workforce ? Those who work for pay or profit for at least one hour a week, or who have a job but are temporarily not at work due to illness, leave or industrial action
33.7m people
Employment rate ? The ratio of the employed to the working age
Education rate ? % of population (25-44 yrs old) with tertiary graduation rates
Cost of labour ? Average wages
English proficiency index ? The world's largest ranking of countries and regions by English skills

This article lays out some of the key recruitment factors to consider while growing your business in the UK.

Finding the right talent

Finding a job in the UK can be done through the internet, traditional media, networking or agencies. Recruitment agencies usually specialize in a particular field, and there are many that can help you find temporary work (also known as 'temping'). Hays is an example of a market leader among British recruitment agencies. Networking is also very important in the UK, and a high number of people use LinkedIn. Speaking a second language can help set a candidate apart, as most British people only speak their native tongue.

Things to keep in mind

The UK is leaving the EU on the 29 March 2019, and this will affect citizens living in and outside of the country.

Most economic growth has been traditionally located in London and the South East of the country. However, Manchester is on the rise: it has the largest amount of digital jobs outside of London and its economy is set to grow at a record rate of 2.4% every year between 2018 and 2020.

Citizens ages between 18-30 that meet the necessary criteria from certain Commonwealth nations such as Australia, Canada, and Hong Kong can enter the UK on a 2-year work visa.


  1. Total 2017 Labour force
  2. % of working age population
  3. % of population (25-44 yrs old) with tertiary graduation rates
  4. Average wage
  5. English proficiency index
  6. BBC
  7. Manchester Evening News
  8. GOV.UK
  9. The Telegraph