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 this week, suggests a buoyant picture but with growth easing.
- Permanent placements increase slows
- Temp billings growth continues
- Candidate availability continues to tighten as growth in demand reaches 17 month high
- Nursing/medical, Engineering, IT, lead perm staff
- Blue collar, Nursing and secretarial/clerical lead temp demand
- Executive/professional., Hotel & Catering and Construction bring up the rear in both temp and perm
- Further upward pressure on salaries both perm and temp
In London overall picture weaker than UK average:
- Permanent placements continue to rise, at a weaker rate
- Temp billings increase
- Continued decline in candidate availability with sharp fall in temp supply
- Perm and temp skills shortages increased especially accounting/financial, IT/Computing
- Salary growth at 3 month high
The North and Midlands continued growth with the former particularly buoyant while London saw a further rise. However growth eased in the South and Scotland saw a marked fall in permanent appointments.
Commenting on the latest survey results, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:
“Employers are crying out for people to fill vacancies. Recruiters say that fewer candidates are available in all regions, and this is dampening jobs growth.
“If businesses can’t find the people they need they will outsource abroad, automate activity or shut up shop, resulting in fewer jobs available to UK nationals.
“The NHS is already in turmoil because it doesn’t have enough staff and the government’s decision to prioritise immigration control over the economy in their EU negotiations means that finding candidates will become yet more difficult in the future.
“We agree that more can be done to encourage under-represented groups into work, including disabled people, single parents and older workers. But the idea that this will resolve the talent shortage is pie in the sky.”