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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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REMOVAL OF QUARANTINE FOR DOUBLE JABBED EU AND US NATIONALS TO ENTER ENGLAND IS GREAT NEWS – BCC 

 Responding to the news that fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US will not have to quarantine, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director, Claire Walker, said:      “For the hundreds of thousands of people directly employed in the travel industry and the many more that are part of supply chains, this will be welcome news."

TRADE STATS SHOW PANDEMIC MASKING BREXIT EFFECTS – BCC

Responding to yesterday's ONS trade statistics, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The pandemic and the shift to new trading conditions in how UK companies sell services to the EU have led to a clear reduction in UK-EU services trade compared with 2019. Today’s ONS data release shows services trade with the EU fell at a brisker rate than trade with the rest of the world over the two years to the end of March 2021. Services exports to the EU fell by 14.7% in that period and imports by 38.8%."

BCC SAYS MANY BUSINESSES FACE DIFFICULT WEEKS AHEAD DESPITE PLAN FOR SELF-ISOLATION EXEMPTIONS

While it will be a relief to some businesses in England that select critical workers can be exempt from self-isolation, it will leave many more still facing critical staff shortages and lost revenue as the number of people being asked to isolate remains high.

BCC Calls for Negotiated Settlement Following Latest NI Protocol Announcement

Responding to the announcement of the new UK approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, said: “Businesses in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland need durable, workable, negotiated solutions on compliance with the Protocol to ensure the continued two-way flow of goods East-West and North-South. The UK Government and EU need to work together to find solutions which work for business."