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Growth of staff demand reaches 6 month high Ė Mayís latest Labour Market Report
Posted Date: 13/06/2018 17:50:53
RECís Report on Jobs for May has shown that May saw steep increases in both permanent and temporary placements. The report has also shown that staff shortages have led to the quickest rise in starting salaries for three years, coinciding with the quickest rise in staff vacancies since last November.
The latest data has shown that the growth of vacancies for permanent staff continued to outpace that seen for temporary roles as the growth of demand for staff reaches a six month high. In private sectors, May data showed a continued increase at a steeper rate for private sector staff rather than for public sector workers. The Office for National Statistics reported the increase in vacancies was up 2.2% year-on-year in the three months to April, a decrease from the 5.7% increase in the previous year, signifying the weakest rate of expansion for over a year.
There has been a sharp rise in starting salaries for permanent workers which is no doubt due to the severe staff shortages following the quickest rise of staff vacancies since November 2017. Apparently the lack of suitably skilled candidates drove up pay offers during May. Similarly, pay for contract and temporary staff rose during May, and panellists are suggesting that this is also due to higher demand for workers and low staff availability.
The availability of permanent workers has fallen in the latest survey period, as has been the case since May 2013. London registered the steepest decline in permanent candidate numbers. Similarly, statistics signalled that the number of temporary and contract workers also declines, as recorded across all UK regions though this was led in particular by the Midlands.
These findings are based on RECís Report on Jobs which sources UK wide labour market data.