Softer increase in staff placements as candidate availability drops markedly …

… the shortage skills highlights a slower summer in the permanent placements activity albeit the rate of growth remained marked overall.

A steep decline in candidate availability, the sharpest in four months, is a prominent factor weighing on growth despite the fact increases in demand for staff continues. Upward pressure remains on pay, rising sharply in September.

Kevin Green, REC Chief Executive says:
“Recruiters are finding it even harder to find people to fill vacancies. Candidate availability has been falling for the past four years and the record high UK employment rate plus a slowdown in the number of EU nationals coming to work here is exacerbating the situation, potentially leaving roles unfilled.

Key points from the September survey:

– Permanent placements rise at weakest pace for five months…

…while growth in temp billings also moderates slightly

– Candidate shortages continue to drive up pay rates

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