KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY
Modest reduction in permanent placements
Temp billings continue to rise sharply
Redundancies lead to further marked rise in candidate numbers
FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
First decline in permanent staff appointments for three months
Temp billings continue to recover
Demand for permanent staff falls at softer rate
PERMANENT STAFF APPOINTMENTS DECLINE FOR SECOND MONTH RUNNING IN NOVEMBER
Commenting on the latest survey results, James Stewart, Vice Chair at KMPG, said:
“The continual reluctance to recruit permanent staff and a further marked increase in people available for work, leaves the UK jobs market teetering on a precipice.
“However, looking ahead, there is reason for optimism with the welcome vaccine news, although challenges remain as the recent lockdown, new tier system and impending Brexit means it will be a long road back to the UK jobs market seen pre-Covid.
“While the extension of the furlough scheme may give the Government some breathing space, it needs to continue to support UK business and offer jobseekers the means to retrain and upskill, helping the recovery in jobs and reviving the UK’s productivity growth.”
Neil Carberry, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive, said:
“With lockdown measures in place in England last month, the slowdown in both demand for and placements of permanent staff is unsurprising – although the scale of it is much smaller than earlier in the year. Feedback from REC members indicates that employers are still looking to hire, with a lot of demand for permanent staff displaced to January as firms hope the COVID crisis is easing. For now though, temporary work continues to help businesses operate and people find jobs – some positive news as we head towards Christmas."
“With the vaccine on the way, we must remember not to get complacent – many firms will still need support in the coming months as the economy gradually recovers. This goes for workers too and, as recruiters are the jobs experts, an even closer partnership with the industry will help Government bring people back into work through Job Centres and the Restart scheme.”
DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR
November survey data revealed that permanent staff appointments across the UK fell for the second consecutive month. The rate of reduction quickened since October, but remained modest overall and much softer than those seen during the height of the pandemic. Recruiters frequently linked the decline to the COVID-19 pandemic, renewed lockdown measures and uncertainty over the outlook, which in turn led clients to cancel or delay recruitment plans.
Permanent placements fell across all four monitored English regions in November. The steepest reduction was seen in London, while the softest was recorded in the South of England.
Only two of the ten monitored job categories registered higher demand for permanent workers in November, namely IT & Computing and Engineering. The worst performers were Hotel &
Catering and Retail, which have been heavily hit by restrictions.
Recruitment consultancies in the UK recorded a further rise in billings received from the employment of temporary staff in November, thereby stretching the current sequence of expansion to four months. The rate of increase remained sharp, despite easing from October's
22-month record. Higher temp billings were often attributed to a gradual increase in market activity, new projects and greater demand for short-term staff. Nonetheless, there were still reports that the pandemic and renewed lockdown measures had limited overall growth.
All four monitored English regions except London registered higher temp billings midway through the fourth quarter. The Midlands noted the fastest expansion, though rates of growth were also marked in the North and South of England.
Higher demand for temporary workers was seen in half of the ten monitored job categories in November, led by Blue Collar. Meanwhile, Hotel & Catering and Retail were at the bottom of the rankings, recording marked declines in short-term vacancies.
Hotel & Catering
SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY
Key Permanent Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Auditors, Credit Controllers, Estimators, Finance, Financial Controllers, Risk and Taxation.
Blue Collar: Drivers, FLT Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Manufacturing, Production, Warehouse.
Construction: Architectural Technicians, Construction Sales, Quantity Surveyors.
Engineering: Gas Engineers, Hardware Engineers, Radio Frequency Engineers, Senior Electronic Engineers, Technicians.
Executive/ Professional: Business Development, Compliance, Executives, HR, Legal, Management, Operation Managers, Public Relations, Project Managers, Scientists, Solicitor’s.
IT/Computing: Agile Project Managers, Analysts, Bi, C#, CAD, Data Scientists,
Database Developers, Digital, IT, Java, Software Engineers, Technical Sales, Technology.
Nursing/Medical /Care: Carers, Clinical Professional, Health Care Assistants, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Nurses, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Social Workers.
Retail: Non - recorded.
Secretarial/ Clerical: Administration, Office Staff.
Other: Buyers, Designers, Languages, Sales, Skilled, Telesales, Unskilled.
Key Temp Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Auditors, Credit Controllers, Finance, Payroll, and Taxation.
Blue Collar: Cleaners, Drivers, FLT Drivers, HGV Drivers, Industrial, LGV Drivers,
Manufacturing Operatives, Packers, Production, Warehouse.
Construction: Architectural Technicians, Bricklayers, Laborers’.
Engineering: Design Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, System Engineers, Technical.
Hotels/Catering: Catering, Hospitality.
IT/Computing: Data Scientists, Database Developers, Developers, Digital, IT, Technology.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Carers, Health Care Assistants, Hearing Aid dispensers, Nurses, Optometrists.
Retail: None recorded.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Office Staff, and Receptionists.
Other: Buyers, Call Centre, Sales, Supervisors, Unskilled.
KINGSTON RECRUITMENT LTD
As 2020 draw to a close, we think we can all agree that it has been a very different year! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and our good wishes for a brilliant 2021!
Don’t forget, if you have any staffing requirements, just give us a call – 01482 228891 or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes and stay safe!
The Kingston Recruitment Team