KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY
Permanent appointments rise at slowest rate since April 2017
The supply of candidates falls sharply
Marked increases in starting pay
FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
Slowest rise in permanent placements since April 2013
Steeper falls in availability of both permanent and temporary staff
Strong demand for staff pushes up starting pay
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!
SO HOW DID 2018 END? SADLY, LOW CANDIDATE AVAILABILITY HAD A REAL ADVERSE EFFECT ESPECIALLY ON PERMANENT PLACEMENT GROWTH.
James Stewart, Vice Chair at KMPG, said:
“A lack of work ready candidates is really beginning to bite UK businesses and the situation is worsening. Many of the UK’s main sectors are now struggling to hire staff. It really is a candidates market at the moment.
“A lot of people do not want to move jobs right now because there is so much uncertainty around. In addition, the supply of EU citizens entering the UK for work is slowing whilst every sector continues to take on more staff. This means a near-record number of vacancies are going unfilled and talent gaps in industries like engineering, finance and IT are opening up.
“December is always a bit of a lean period in the jobs market but Brexit has amplified that effect. Consequently companies are having to offer increasingly attractive and creative packages to tempt new talent on board. If you are not looking forward to another year in your current job, now is a good time to go job hunting.”
Neil Carberry, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive, said:
“It’s no surprise that growth in new permanent jobs dropped to its lowest level in almost 2 years last month, because economic uncertainty is now affecting companies’ hiring plans. But the underlying strength of our labour market is still there – vacancies are high and temporary placements rose in the run-up to Christmas. There are opportunities out there for people who want to change job in 2019.”
DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR
As has been the case in each month since August 2016, the number of people placed into permanent job roles across the UK rose in December. Although solid, the rate of growth eased for the second month in a row to the softest since April 2017. Panellists commonly stated that strong demand for staff and greater efforts to secure suitable candidates quickly supported the latest rise in permanent placements.
However, there were widespread reports that candidate shortages hampered overall growth, with some recruiters mentioning that people were nervous to seek out new roles due to Brexit uncertainty.
The South of England saw by far the sharpest increase in permanent staff appointments, while relatively mild expansions were seen across the remaining three English regions.
Accounting & Financial and Engineering were the most in-demand categories for permanent staff at the end of 2018. Nonetheless, marked increases in vacancies were also seen across all other monitored sectors.
Agencies’ temporary/contract staff billings continued to increase in December. Notably, the rate of growth quickened from November and was sharper than its historical average. Anecdotal evidence suggested that greater demand for short-term staff predominantly stemmed from rising workloads of clients.
All four monitored regions registered marked increases in temp billings at the end of 2018, led by the South of England.
Blue Collar remained at the top of the rankings for temporary/contract staff demand during December. Short-term vacancies also rose across all of the other nine monitored categories. The slowest increase was seen for Executive/Professional staff.
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SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY
Key Permanent Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Accounts, Audit, Banking, Compliance, Credit Controllers, Estimators, Finance, Financial Services, Risk, Tax, Treasury, Underwriters.
Blue Collar: Drivers, Forklift Drivers, LGV Drivers, Production Managers, Skilled Workers, Unskilled Workers, Vehicle Technicians, Welders.
Construction: Architects, Construction, Construction Sales, Quantity Surveyors.
Engineering: Civil Engineers, CNC Operators, Electrical Engineers, Electronic Design Engineers, Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Oil & Gas Process Engineers, Rail, System Engineers, Technicians.
Executive/ Professional: HR, Law, Legal Secretaries, Litigation Executives, Marketing, Portal Fee Earners, Project Managers, Science.
Hotel/Catering: Baristas, Catering, Chefs, Hospitality.
IT/Computing: Automation, Analytics, C#, CAD, Cyber Security, Data, DevOps, Digital, Gaming, IT, Software Developers, Software Engineers, Software Architects, Technology.
Nursing/Medical /Care: Care Workers, Dispensing Opticians, Healthcare Assistants, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Home Carers, Nurses, Optometrists, Support Workers. Retail: Retail staff.
Secretarial/Clerical: Clerical, Office Staff, Pension Administration, PA’s, Receptionist’s.
Other: B2B Sales, Buyers, Customer Services, Graduates, Sales, Security, Teachers, Technical Sales Telesales.
Key Temporary Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Accounts, Audit, Banking, Compliance, Credit Controllers, Finance, Payroll, Risk, Treasury.
Blue Collar: Blue Collar, Cleaners, Drivers, HGV Drivers, Industrial, LGV Drivers, Low Skilled Workers, Production, Site Managers, Skilled Manufacturing, Warehouse Operatives.
Construction: Construction, Rail Supervisors.
Engineering: Energy Process Engineers, Engineers, Mechanical Design Engineers, Rail.
Executive/ Professional: Business Analysts, Legal, Legal Secretaries, Litigation Executives, Marketing, Portal Fee Earners, Science.
Hotels/Catering: Catering, Chefs, Hospitality.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Childcare, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Optometrists, Support Workers.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Clerical, Office Staff, Pension Administrators, Receptionist’s.
Other: B2B Sales, Buyers, Customer Service, Sales, Telesales.
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