The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG have today reported that staffing appointments continued to rise throughout September, particularly in the Midlands. The pace of expansion for temporary placements increased at a sharp rate, with growth close to the 15-year high seen in August.
Regional and sector variation in recruitment trends
Permanent placements increased across all four monitored English regions, with the North continuing to register the sharpest growth.
We’re thrilled to hear that the Midlands saw the fastest increase in temporary placements during September, while the South posted the slowest rise.
Private sector demand for staff continued to rise at a substantial pace in September. In the case of permanent workers, the latest increase was the fastest since data was first available in December 2011.
In the public sector, demand for temporary placements improved at the sharpest rate in the series history, but permanent workers saw a slight fall in demand for their services.
All in all, demand rose for all nine categories of permanent staff monitored by the survey in September. The strongest rate of growth was signalled for Construction workers, closely followed by Engineering staff.
Growth of demand was broad-based across all nine temporary/contract staff sectors in the latest survey period. Engineering workers were the most sought-after.
Kevin Green, REC CEO commented:
“This month’s figures show the jobs market continues to be the success story in the UK economy with all regions and sectors experiencing growth. Recruiters tell us that the number of people being placed into permanent roles has now been growing continually for a year and temp growth maintains its strength following last month’s 15 year high. The good news continues with starting salaries for permanent jobs rising at the fastest rate in over five and a half years and they have been rising for the last 17 months.”
Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, KPMG.
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