The latest “Report on Jobs” produced by the REC highlights …
UK recruitment consultancies signalled a sustained rise in the amount of people placed into permanent job roles in July, thereby extending the current trend to two years. Though sharp, the rate of expansion eased for the fourth month in a row to the softest recorded since last October. Anecdotal evidence indicated that robust demand for staff and quicker decision-making at clients had driven the latest upturn in permanent staff appointments. However, a number of panellists commented that widespread candidate shortages weighed on overall growth. Permanent placements rose at faster rates in the Midlands and the South of England, but growth softened in the North of England. In contrast, permanent staff appointments fell slightly in London
a softer rise in permanent staff appointments…
Permanent placements continued to rise sharply in July, though the rate of expansion was the softest recorded since last October. Temp billings also increased strongly, with the rate of growth picking up from June’s recent low.
…as the supply of candidates continues to drop markedly
Recruitment agencies indicated that candidate shortages weighed on permanent staff appointments. Notably, the supply of both permanent and temporary candidates fell sharply in July, despite rates of decline eased to the weakest in three months in both cases.
With continued upward pressure on pay
Low candidate availability and robust demand for staff led to a further steep increase in salaries awarded to permanent starters. At the same time, temp pay rates rose at a marked and accelerated rate that was close to April’s two-year record.
Thomas Jeffrey – Recruitment Specialists in Property
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