The authoritative monthly “Report on Jobs” has for nearly 20 years been surveying agencies to reveal recruitment trends, data and confidence across the UK and across employment sectors.
Its latest survey, out today, suggests a mixed picture. Nationally:
- Permanent placements at 8 month high and temp billings also up
- Demand for candidates at highest since May 2016
- Steep decline in availability of staff
- Engineering, IT, executive and construction lead
- Hotel, Catering, Blue Collar lag perm while Executive and Professional at bottom of temp list
However in London:
- Permanent placements fall for 6th month running
- Slight rise in perm vacancies for 1st time since June
- 8 month high in temp vacancies and billings
- Perm skills shortages in Sales and IT
- Temp shortages in construction, catering and IT
In fact overall there was marked expansion in The North, Midlands and South but a much weaker picture in London and Scotland.
Commenting on the latest survey results, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:
“Despite ongoing uncertainty in London and Scotland especially, the UK jobs market is thriving again in most areas of the UK. Nationally, job vacancies are back to levels not seen since April, and for the third consecutive month recruiters have reported an increase in the amount of people finding permanent jobs.
However candidate availability has been falling for three and a half years. There are more vacancies than there are people to fill them in many sectors, including engineering, construction and healthcare.
The Government urgently needs to outline a strategy to address employability skills within UK education and promote apprenticeships and other routes into work. We also need immigration policies that reflect immediate labour market needs. Imposing new restrictions on people coming from abroad to fill vacancies will impact businesses’ ability to meet demand as well as the delivery of public services.”