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Permanent placements rise at fastest rate in six months

The latest Report on jobs released yesterday by the KMPG and the Recruitment and the Employment Confederations indicate some positive signs of recovery in the UK labour market.  This report provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

Some of the Key points highlighted show that:

  • Temporary and permanent appointments are on the rise
  • Slow but steady increase in the number of job vacancies
  • Some modest increases in pay rates seen
  • Marginal fall in permanent staff availability, temp availability up

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REC chief executive Kevin Green commented:
“This month’s data is a strong indicator that the jobs market, the unsung hero of the UK economy over the last 18 months, is picking up pace. Permanent employment is at a six month high while the use of temps is also growing after last month’s blip."
 
“Recruiters tell us that employers are more optimistic and are planning to increase their temporary and permanent hiring. This is supported by the expansion of job vacancies and a slight increase in starting salaries.
 
“The only cloud on the horizon is that the skills mismatch is becoming more pronounced. Employers are struggling to find the skilled candidates they need in sales, marketing and business development to prepare for the upturn in the UK economy, while the majority of the unemployed do not have the skills for the jobs that are available.” 

Read the full REC's summary of the report here - REC / KPMG Report on Jobs Summary




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