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17 Recruitment Statistics You Need To Know in 2021

​Whether you’re recruiting for a new position or you’re searching for the role of your dreams, there are some recruitment statistics which could help you in your search.

In our latest insights piece, we uncover 17 recruitment statistics which you need to know in 2021.

  • In March to May 2021, the estimated number of vacancies reached its highest level since January to March 2020.
  • In March 2021 there were an estimated 34.6 million jobs in the UK. This represents an increase of 151,000 from December 2020 but a decrease of 1,056,000 jobs from March 2020.
  • In July 2021, the total number of hours worked increased on the quarter with the relaxation of many coronavirus restrictions.
  • In July 2021, the UK employment rate was estimated at 74.8% which equates to 32.18 million people.
  • In July 2021, the UK unemployment rate was estimated at 4.8% which equates to 1.64 million people.
  • At below 4.3%, York, Exeter, and Cambridge have the best rates of unemployment in the UK.
  • At above 9%, Birmingham, Blackpool, Hull, Bradford, and Luton have the highest rates of unemployment in the UK.
  • 64% of people will research a company before applying for the position.
  • Job application rates increase by 34% when the job advert includes a video.
  • More than 73% of jobseekers are passively looking for a job.
  • Video call or phone interviews last an average of 30 minutes while face to face interviews usually take up to an hour.
  • The average time it takes from applying for a job to being offered the position takes 28 days.
  • Recruiters spend roughly 6-8 seconds looking at a CV.
  • In 2021, low skilled vacancies receive roughly 506 applications.
  • Due to the pandemic, 65% of professionals now want a job that gives them a sense of purpose.
  • The average employee in the UK looks for a new job every 3.5 years.
  • From analysis of internal HR teams, 59% of businesses use recruitment agencies.


Office for National Statistics


Who is Spencer Clarke Group?

Formed in 2017, we're a multi-sector recruitment agency, specialising in a range of key disciplines within both the public and private sectors, offering permanent, temporary, contract and fixed term opportunities.

We currently specialise in 8 sectors:

  • Accountancy & Finance

  • Construction & Trades

  • Corporate Functions

  • Education & SEND

  • Health & Social Care

  • Housing

  • Interim & Executive

  • Technical & Engineering


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