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blue book 2016 breakfast seminar

Angela Mortimer Group 'blue book 2016' Employment Survey



The Angela Mortimer Group Plc. hosted its 12th consecutive blue book launch event this morning at their London offices. The primary goal of the blue book launch was to bring various companies, recruiters and clients together under one roof to discuss the results of our annual employment survey. We visited several companies, spoke to a number of candidates and had the participation of over 2,100 people from each stage of the recruitment process whether it be business leaders, candidates or clients. Our research was collated by people (not computers) and the result came from experts sharing real stories, consultants conducting conversations with candidates face-to-face and ‘people talking to people’.


  • There is greater optimism in market from Cands/Clients despite challenges
    • 68% of companies in the UK expect increase headcount in 2016
    • 73% of candidates are confident of finding their next positio
    • 54% of companies describe the recruitment market as challenging

  • Attraction methods – through people to people networks
    • 77% of candidates recognise previously used agencies as their primary tool for sourcing new employment
    • Companies list agencies, staff referrals and in house moves as their most efficient ways to recrui
    • Salary Movements and the rise in the Counter Offer
    • 87% of UK companies increases salaries last year
    • 60% suffered at the hands of a counter offer
    • 29% of job hunters turned down the first role offered to them

  • Employer Branding at the Interview Stage
    • The average interview process is 2.58 interviews long
    • The importance of interview feedback – 53% of did not receive feedback last yea
    • The temporary market – it is now a strategic way to recruit
    • 75% of companies report that temp usage will stay the same
    • 61% of companies take longer than a week to fill a temp booking
    • 46% of temporary workers are not vetted by companies to the same standard as their permanent hires.



(From left to right Chris Horsley, Business Development Director at the Angela Mortimer Group Plc., Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at CIPD, John Mortimer, Group CEO, Angela Mortimer Group Plc.)

Overall, for many organisations the quest for the Quality Candidate is perhaps more than a narrowly defined sourcing challenge, and provides important measures on the effectiveness of the wider recruitment process.  Get it right and a company can gain a large competitive edge against their competitors.

For those who were not able to attend, feel free to email for more information or to receive a copy of the blue book 2016. For all press enquiries, email or

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