Tiger Recruitment’s quarterly market update

Employer presenting to an audience

Updated 14th January 2021

In 2020, employers increased their hiring activity throughout Q4, which continues the steady uplift we’ve seen in recruitment since Q3 2020.  We continue to remain optimistic about a further rise in hiring activity following the vaccine roll-out, the Brexit trade deal and the US election results.

When compared to Q4 in 2019, it’s clear that temporary roles have been the most affected by the pandemic (with a 70% drop in temporary briefings called into our offices, and a 76% drop in temp placements filled). However, it’s fantastic to see that temp roles have, in fact, seen a bigger bounce back this quarter in comparison to permanent roles – there was a 30% increase in temp roles briefed in Q4 vs. Q3, whereas permanent briefings were only up 3% between the two quarters.

Q4 review 2021



With September traditionally being one of the busiest periods of the year, and following the government’s announcement of relaxing lockdown measures for many businesses at the beginning of Q3, there was a significant increase in companies kick-starting their recruitment. As we look forward to 2021, there is a sense of optimism about a continued upward hiring trend alongside reports of a vaccine being available by early next year.

Infographic depicting Q3 results

If you’re looking for more information about hiring trends and recruitment insight, contact us today.

Author David Morel Tiger Recruitment Team

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