December 2018 Newsletter



Softer increases in permanent placements and temp billings
Vacancy growth edges down to 25 month low
Temp pay rises at fastest rate since July 2007


James Stewart, Vice Chair at KMPG, said:

“Despite the uncertainty around Brexit, companies are still recruiting. It’s very much a candidates market at the moment and demand for workers is driving a sharp increase in starting salaries. It’s been getting harder and harder for firms to find good staff and with UK immigration policy likely to tighten, this trend is not going to get any easier.

“Concerns about a no deal Brexit are putting a handbrake on the supply of candidates as the value of job security and stability shoot up people’s personal agendas. However, candidates who are prepared to take a chance and job hop can often bag a pay rise as a result. This is especially apparent in sectors like IT, engineering, hospitality and finance where quality candidates now come at a sizeable premium.”

Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Neil Carberry said:

“Today’s report backs up what recruiters across the country are saying to us. Fewer people are willing to change employer and look for jobs in this uncertain climate, despite rising pay and jobs being available. Sectors like hospitality and warehousing are facing particular challenges in the run up to Christmas.”


Permanent Staff

November survey data signalled a twenty-eighth successive monthly increase in the number of people placed into permanent job roles. The pace of expansion remains sharp, despite softening to the second-weakest since October 2017 (after July 2018). Growth was generally linked by respondents to robust demand for staff. However, there were also reports that uncertainty linked to Brexit and candidate shortages had limited the overall upturn in placements.

Steep increases in permanent staff appointments were seen across three of the four monitored English regions, as the North of England registered only a modest rate of expansion.
IT & Computing led a broad-based expansion of demand for permanent workers during November, closely followed by Engineering. Nonetheless, marked increases in vacancies were also seen in the remaining eight monitored categories.

Blue Collar

Temporary Staff

Recruitment consultancies signalled a further increase in billings received from the employment of temporary/contract staff during November. A number of panellists commented that clients had taken on short-term staff to support growing business requirements.

Though marked overall, the rate of expansion was the joint-softest for just over two years (on a par with August).
The upturn in temp billings was broad-based across all four monitored English regions.

The Midlands saw by far the quickest rate of growth, while relatively modest expansions were registered elsewhere.
All ten monitored temporary/contract categories noted increased demand during November. Blue Collar registered the steepest rise in vacancies, while the softest was seen for Executive/Professional.

Blue Collar
Hotel & Catering


Key Permanent Staff Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Accounts, Audit, Bankers, Compliance, Credit Controllers, Estimators, Finance, Financial Directors, Financial Services, Payroll, Risk, Tax, Treasury.

Blue Collar: Forklift Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Production, Skilled Workers, Unskilled Workers, Warehouse Operatives, Welders.

Construction: Architects, Boat Builders, Construction, Construction Sales, Property Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Real Estate.

Engineering: CNC Operators, Electrical Engineers, Electronic Design Engineers, Engineers, Gas Engineers, Maintenance Technicians, Manufacturing Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Planning Engineers, Qualified Automotive, Senior Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, System Engineers, Technicians.

Executive/ Professional: Account Managers, Executives, Law, Legal Secretaries, Litigation Executives, Marketing, Media, Project Managers, Science.

Hotel/Catering: Baristas, Chefs, Hospitality, Waiters/Waitresses.

IT/Computing: Automation Testers, C#, C++, CAD, Data, DevOps, Digital, Gaming, ICT Managers, IT, Linux, Programmers, Puppet, Salesforce, Software Developers, Software Architects.

Nursing/Medical /Care: Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Support Workers.
Retail: Retail staff.

Secretarial/Clerical: Clerical, Pension Administration, Receptionist’s, Senior Administrators, Support Staff.
Other: B2B Sales, Buyers, Customer Services, Export Sales, Sales, Security, Teachers, Telesales.

Key Temp Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Compliance, Credit Controllers, Finance, Payroll, Pensions Admin, Procurement, Risk, Tax, Treasury.

Blue Collar: Blue Collar, Cleaners, Drivers, Forklift Drivers, HGV Drivers, Labourers, LGV Drivers, Operation Managers, Packers and Pickers, Plumbers, Production Operatives, Semi- Skilled Workers, Site Managers, Unskilled Workers, Warehouse Operatives, Welders.

Construction: Bricklayers, Construction, Construction Workers, Rail Supervisors.

Engineering: Automotive Design Engineers, CNC Programmers, Engineers, Stress Engineers.
Executive/ Professional: Legal, Legal Secretaries, Litigation Executives, Marketing, Portal Fee Earners, Scientists.

Hotels/ Catering: Baristas, Catering, Chefs, Hospitality.

IT/Computing: Automation Testers, C++, CAD, Cloud, Data, DevOps, Digital, Gaming, IT, Oracle Fusion, Pen Testers, Revit CAD Designers, SAP Hybis, Software Developers, System Architects, Technology.

Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Social Workers, Support Workers.

Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Clerical, Office Staff, Pension Administrators, and Receptionists.

Other: B2B Sales, Buyers, Call Centre, Customer Service, Health & Safety Managers, Sales, Security.