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Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

​Q1 2021 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

​Q1 2021 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO) for Q1 2021 found continued weakness in the job market in Q1, with 60% of the nearly 6,000 businesses surveyed saying they had not attempted to recruit during the quarter. However, the percentage of firms expecting their workforce to grow in the next three months rose from 19% in Q4 2020 to 27% in Q1, the highest percentage since Q1 2020

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​Q4 2020 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

​Q4 2020 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO) for Q4 2020, in partnership with Totaljobs, found that while there was a modest improvement in the overall number of businesses attempting to recruit in Q4, sectoral disparities remain.

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Q3 2020 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Q3 2020 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Results from the Q3 2020 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), in partnership with Totaljobs, reveal the impact Coronavirus has had on the jobs market, with the two organisations calling for further action from government to protect businesses and jobs.

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Q2 2020 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Q2 2020 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Results from the Q2 2020 British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), in partnership with Totaljobs, found that the number of firms attempting to recruit in the third quarter had increased on the previous one, albeit from historic lows.

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Q3 2019 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Q3 2019 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Results from the Q3 2019 British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), in partnership with Totaljobs, found that the percentage of UK firms facing recruitment difficulties has returned to previous highs in Q3 2019, while one in four businesses expect to increase headcount.

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Q2 2019 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Q2 2019 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Results from the Q2 2019 British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), in partnership with Totaljobs, found that recruitment intentions strengthened in the second quarter of 2019, while difficulties finding suitable staff eased. The results indicate that demand for labour remains strong, despite a subdued economy.

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Q1 2019 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Q1 2019 Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

Results from the Q1 2019 British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), in partnership with Totaljobs, found that the UK’s labour market remains resilient, with employment levels standing at record highs, but skills shortages are a drag on business growth and potential. As this report finds, labour shortages are affecting firms of all industries and locations across the UK. Ensuring business has access to the right people is critical to futureproof the economy.

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BCC welcomes new rules on international travel restrictions

The decision to simplify the traffic light system in England will be very welcome news for businesses in the travel sector and beyond.  

BCC says business left in the dark on winter Covid contingency plan

Business will be frustrated by the inability of the Government to give them any detail around what circumstances could lead to new restrictions and what support firms could get.

BCC welcomes delay to import checks but says much more work is needed

Announcement of a delay is sensible given the ongoing issues with ensuring trader readiness, the need to build more border control posts and the skills shortages crisis.

BCC: Firms facing acute hiring crisis

The jobs market has continued its summer revival as demand for workers has surged following the easing of Covid restrictions. But record vacancies also highlight the acute hiring crisis faced by many firms.