December 2017 Newsletter




Permanent placement and temp billings both rise at stronger rates
Availability of candidates continues to decline sharply
Robust demand for staff leads to further marked increases in pay

For The North

Recruitment consultancies in the North of England signal steepest increase in permanent starting salaries UK-wide
Business demand for staff stays robust and labour supply continues to fall
Permanent placements expand moderately relative to rates seen earlier in 2017


Kevin Green, REC Chief Executive, says:

“Despite the current uncertainties caused by Brexit and political turmoil, recruiters placing more people into jobs – particularly in the private sector.

Recruiters also continue to report deteriorating candidate availability and worsening skills shortages. Having less access to candidates have sever effects, restricting businesses’ ability to grow which means they won’t be to create jobs or increase pay for staff. Although some hirers are responding by raising starting salaries in an attempt to attract scarce talent, there is no evidence yet this is leading to pay increases for the wider workforce and those who fail to hire will find themselves in dire straits.

The government must make a New Year’s resolution to ensure that the UK labour remains successful in 2018. Creating certainty for EU workers that are already here, such as nurses, warehouse staff and chefs, is vital so that employers can plan ahead. The government must agree the transitional arrangements in relation to freedom of movement, which they have said they are potentially going to extend to March 2021. They need to define what kind of access UK employers will have to EU workers post-Brexit, at both the high and low end of the labour market.

In addition, the government needs to think longer term about how to fill vacancies left by workers. Turning the Apprenticeship Levy into a broader training levy will help, enabling employers and recruiters to train temporary workers and contractors so they can progress in the jobs market.”


Permanent Staff 

The strongest increase in permanent placements was seen in the Midlands, followed by Scotland. The South of England meanwhile registered a modest upturn that was the weakest of all monitored UK regions.

UK recruitment agencies signalled an increase in the number of people placed into permanent roles for the sixteenth consecutive month in November. Notably, the rate of expansion was the steepest since August, and slightly stronger than the historical average. Anecdotal evidence commonly attributed the rise to greater demand for staff and company expansion plans.
However, growth in permanent placements was reportedly dampened by a lack of suitable candidates for vacant roles.

The number of permanent staff vacancies increased across all monitored sector in November, with Accounting/Financial and IT & Computing and Engineering coming in first and second place in the rankings. The slowest, but still marked, upturn in permanent staff demand was seen in construction.

Blue Collar

Temporary Staff

Data for November signalled a further robust increase in billings received from the employment of temporary/contract staff. Furthermore, the rate of growth picked up from October’s six-month low and was amongst the sharpest seen for the past two years. Notably, around twice as many panellists (40%) registered higher temps billings as those that noted a reduction (20%), with some recruitment agencies citing strong underlying demand for short-term workers.

Growth in temp billings remained broad-based across all monitored regions, led by the North of England.

Nursing/Medical/Care continued to place at the top of the table for temporary staff vacancies during November. Nonetheless, marked increases in demand for temporary workers were also recorded for all other monitored sectors.


Key Permanent Staff Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Estimators, Finance, MIFID, Para-planners, Payroll, Risk, Tax, Treasury.

Blue Collar: Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Production and Distribution Workers, Unskilled and Skilled Workers, Warehouse Workers, Welders.

Construction: Construction, Conveyancing, Quantity Surveyors.

Engineering: Aerospace, CNC, Design Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Project Control Engineers, Simulation Engineers, Technical.
Executive/ Professional: Advertising, Business Analysts, Business Development, Compliance, HR, Legal,

Marketing, Project Managers, PR, Scientists.

Hotel/Catering: Chefs, Hotel Staff, Kitchen Assistants.

IT/Computing: Analytics, Architects, AutoCAD, Automation Testers, Big Data, CAD, C#, Cyber Security, Cloud, DevOps, Digital, GDPR, IT, Java, .Net, Oracle Fusion, Software Developers, Web Developers.

Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Managers, Care Workers, Genomics, Nurses, Nursery, Optometrists, Support Workers, Ultrasound Staff.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Personal Assistants, and Support Staff.

Other: Buyers, Call Centre, Customer Services, Debt Recovery, Fundraisers, European Language Speakers, Sales, Technical Sales, Telesales, Waste & Environment Staff.

Key Temp Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Audit, Accounts, Credit
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Estimators, Finance, Payroll, Risk and Treasury.

Blue Collar: Drivers, Electricians, HGV Drivers, LGV Driver, Quality Control, Manufacturing, Skilled/Unskilled Workers, Vehicle Technicians, Warehouse Workers, Welders.

Construction: Quantity Surveyors.

Engineering: CNC, Electrical Engineers, Project Engineers.
Executive/ Professional: Compliance, Legal, Marketing, Scientists, Solicitors.

Hotels/ Catering: Bar Staff, Chefs, Hospitality.

IT/Computing: Automation Testers, Big Data, VAD, Cloud, Cyber Security, Developers, Digital, GDPR, Java, Oracle Fusion, Software Developers, UI/UX.

Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Staff, Nurses, NHS Admin Staff, Nursery Staff, Molecular Biologists, Sonographers, Support Workers.

Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Receptionists.

Other: B2B Sales, Customer Services, Languages, Logistics, Sales.