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Recruitment Sectors that perform well in a recession

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    Recruitment Sectors that perform well in a recession


    As inflation and the cost of living continue to rise across the UK, some experts have predicted a recession on the horizon. This means that the future may hold some challenging times for some. However, it’s not all bad news, as there are some sectors within the UK job market that not only survive but can thrive during a recession.


    During any challenging time, the UK healthcare sector will always withstand the circumstances, and this is because of one simple fact – people will always need it. Regardless of the UK’s financial situation, Healthcare is vital and is an expense that cannot be cut back on. The health of others is most valuable and is an essential service that people cannot live without. Therefore, causing the industry not to struggle where others might. Moreover, since Brexit and Covid, plus talks of strikes in the future, the requirements for skilled workers in the healthcare sector will not be slowing down anytime soon.

    Shipping & Transportation

    This sector is likely to do well because most goods, at some point, will need to be transported to get to their destination. So even though travelling for leisure may decrease, there are goods that are essential to people’s lives resulting in the demand for this sector remaining high. Also, the transportation sector has continued its demand for workers since Brexit and the pandemic, which doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon. Therefore, the shipping and transportation sector will remain strong throughout the potential recession.


    Like Healthcare, education is essential and is one of the most recession-proof sectors in the UK. There will always be a need for teachers and other educational support positions due to the growing population in the UK and the high demand for skilled workers in schools. Even more so during a recession, when there could also be a surge in younger people returning to higher education following redundancies. Working within a sector that is seeing growth protects you from some of the worst effects of a recession. You can be confident that you will always have a pool of clients even if you lose another from closure or budget cuts, which is a luxury many other sectors don’t enjoy.

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