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REC/KPMG Report on Jobs: Growth of staff appointments accelerates sharply

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

Stronger rises in permanent and temporary appointments
The number of people placed in permanent jobs continued to increase in December, with the rate of expansion accelerating to the sharpest since March 2010. Growth of temp billings also quickened, reaching its fastest pace for over 15 years.

Permanent salaries rise at fastest pace in over six years...

Average starting salaries for people placed in permanent jobs increased further in December, with the rate of growth the strongest since October 2007. Temporary/contract staff hourly pay rates rose at a solid pace that was slightly slower than in the previous month.

Regional and sector variation

The Midlands registered the steepest increase in permanent placements during December, followed by the North.
Mirroring the trend observed for permanent staff, the fastest growth of temp billings in December was recorded in the Midlands, while the North posted the second-sharpest rise.
Private sector demand for staff remained much stronger than that in the public sector, according to the latest survey data.
Demand increased for all nine permanent staff categories covered by the survey in December. The strongest rate of expansion was signalled for Executive/Professional workers. Nursing/Medical/ Care, IT & Computing and Accounting/Financial also registered strong rates of growth.


The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s head of policy Kate Shoesmith says:
“The UK labour market is starting the New Year in robust form. Our latest figures show sharp growth in the number of people finding new permanent jobs and the most rapid rise in starting salaries since October 2007. Increasing demand for temp workers has driven up hourly pay rates for agency workers for the eleventh month on the trot. Growing confidence means more and more employers are willing to invest in their workforce and take on more people.”

For more information visit the REC website


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