April 2017 Newsletter



Permanent placements growth slows, but temp billings rise sharply
Steepest drop in candidate availability for 16 months
Demand for permanent and short-term staff remains marked

For The North

Permanent appointments and temp billings rise at weakest rates since September
Further steep reductions in labour availability
Recruiters scale up salaries to attract candidates

Commenting on the latest survey results, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:

“Demand for staff is growing within all sectors and all regions of the UK, but there are fewer and fewer people available to fill the vacancies. We have the lowest unemployment rate since 2005 and people already in work are becoming more hesitant about moving jobs amid Brexit uncertainty. Meanwhile, the weakening pound and lack of clarity about future immigration rules is putting off some EU nationals from taking up roles in the UK.

As a result, candidate availability is at a 16-month low and recruiters are flagging a shortage of suitable candidates for more than 60 different roles from cleaners to accountants. Every shortage has wider implications, for example the exceptional reputation UK engineering enjoys globally is at risk because employers cannot find people with the skills they need.

One thing is for certain, if British business is to thrive then whichever party forms a government after 8 June needs to address the ever-shrinking pool of suitable candidates by investing in skills and career advice for UK jobseekers, as well as safeguarding access to the workers we need from abroad. It is vital that the future immigration system is agile enough to reflect and adapt to evolving labour market needs.”


Permanent Staff

The number of people placed into permanent job roles continued to rise in April. Though solid overall, the rate of expansion weakened for the second month in a row and was the slowest seen since last September. Agencies that reported higher permanent staff placements generally commented on strong demand for staff. At the same time, a lack of suitable qualified candidates had reportedly dampened overall growth.

The Midlands saw the fastest rate of expansion, closely followed by Scotland. Meanwhile, London saw the slowest increase in permanent placements in April.

Engineering was the most in-demand category for permanent staff in April, closely followed by IT & Computing and Nursing/Medical/Care. Nonetheless, strong expansions were seen across the board at the start of the second quarter.

Blue Collar

Temporary/Contract Staff

April data signalled a further rise in billings from the employment of temporary/contract staff. Notably, the rate of expansion accelerated to the sharpest in 2017 so far. Panellists widely linked the latest rise in temp billings to robust demand for temporary/contract workers.
Temp billings was recorded across all regions, led by Scotland and London. The weakest increase was registered in the South of England.

April data signalled a broad-based upturn in demand for temporary/contract workers. Nursing/Medical/Care continued to top the league table, while Hotel & Catering placed second in the overall rankings.

Blue Collar
Hotel & Catering


Key Permanent Staff Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Compliance, Estimators, Finance, Payroll, Planners, Risk, Senior Finance.

Blue Collar: Production Managers, Warehouse Managers.

Construction: Quantity Surveyors.

Engineering: Engineers, Production Engineers.

Executive/Professional: Conveyancing Solicitors, German/Dutch/Scandinavian Speakers, Languages, Legal, Legal Secretaries, Merchandiser, Marketing, Project Managers.

Hotel/Catering: None recorded.

IT/Computing: CAD, Designers Cyber Security, Digital, IT, Gaming,

Remedy Administrators, Software Developers, Web Developers.

Nursing/Medical/Care: Allied Health Professionals (AHP), Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Support Workers.

Secretarial/Clerical: Account Clerks, Administration, Office Staff.

Other: Buyers, Sales, Telesales, Technical Sales.

Key Temp Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Accounts, Audit, Compliance, Estimators, Payroll, Risk.

Blue Collar: Factory Workers, Fork Lift Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Manufacturing Operatives.

Construction: Quantity Surveyors.

Engineering: Aircraft Engineers, Electricians, Engineers.
Executive/Professional German/Dutch/Scandinavian Speakers, Legal Secretaries, Project Managers.

Hotels/Catering: Chefs, Cleaning Staff, Kitchen Staff.

IT/Computing: Cyber Security, Developers, Ruby Developers, PHP Developers, Testers.

Nursing/Medical/Care: Allied Health Professionals (AHP), Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Support Workers.

Secretarial/Clerical: Accounts Clerks, Receptionists, Administration.
Other: Customer Services, Telesales, Teachers


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