KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY
Permanent placements rise marginally
Temp billings expand at sharpest pass since October 2018
Total demand for staff rises for first time in 3 months
FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
Permanent placement and temp billings both increase
First rise in permanent vacancies since February 2020
Growth of labour supply continues to ease
PERMANENT STAFF APPOINTMENTS INCREASE FOR FIRST TIME SINCE SEPTEMBER
Commenting on the latest survey results, James Stewart, Vice Chair at KMPG, said:
“The emergence of a vaccine did bring more confidence to the jobs market in December with a small increase in permanent appointments. Temporary billings were also sharply up across the UK although London was a notable exception.
“However, we will have to see what January brings with a new national lockdown sure to fuel
economic uncertainty, alongside preparing and adapting to the new relationship with the EU.
“But with the UK leading the way on the vaccine roll out and continued government financial support, there is hopefully light at the end of the tunnel for both business and jobseekers.”
Neil Carberry, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive, said:
“The underlying strength of the British economy shone through in the December jobs figures.
The biggest expansion in temporary recruitment since October 2018 shows how important the flexible jobs market is to that performance. Growing permanent placements and starting pay also emphasised the resilience of our economy.
“The important thing now is to maintain as much of that momentum as possible through the new lockdown. With business cash flows under renewed pressure, helping employers protect and create jobs is essential. We need a long-term plan to support businesses across the supply chain – not just those required to close. This should include wider-spread reductions
on business rates, support on VAT repayments and support for self-employed business owners previously cut out of schemes. We need big ticket items now, like a reduction in the cost of furlough and employers National Insurance to help firms retain and hire staff in the coming months, alongside delivery of the vaccine.
“Regions have been recovering at different speeds and London continues to lag behind.
London is home to some of the most deprived boroughs in the country, so this is particularly worrying. It underlines the urgency of action needed to help businesses retain workers and
get the vaccine delivered.”
DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR
UK recruitment consultancies recorded a renewed rise in permanent placements at the end of 2020, thereby ending a two-month sequence of decline. That said, the rate of growth was only marginal. The upturn was generally attributed to increased business activity and an improvement in market confidence, partly due to recent vaccine news, which led clients to press on with previously delayed recruitment plans. However, there were also widespread reports that the COVID-19 pandemic, renewed lockdown measures and uncertainty over Brexit had dampened growth of permanent hires.
There were mixed trends across the four monitored English regions. While permanent placements rose in the South of England, the Midlands and the North of England, London recorded a further decline.
Half of the ten monitored job categories recorded greater demand for permanent staff at the end of 2020. IT & Computing and Nursing/Medical/Care saw the steepest rates of expansion.
Hotel/Catering meanwhile saw the sharpest drop in vacancies.
Latest survey data showed a sharp and accelerated rise in temp billings across the UK during December. Notably, the expansion was the steepest recorded since October 2018 and comfortably above the series average. Anecdotal evidence indicated that greater market activity had led firms to hire additional staff, with a preference for short-term workers as uncertainty intensified around the pandemic and Brexit. Temp billings have now risen for five consecutive months.
The South of England, the Midlands and the North of England all registered marked increases in temp billings. London was the only monitored English region to see a fall, which extended the current period of decline to 12 months.
Nursing/Medical/Care registered the sharpest rise in temporary vacancies during December, followed by Blue Collar. Of the four sectors to note lower demand for short-term staff, Hotel &
Catering saw the steepest rate of contraction.
Hotel & Catering
SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY
Key Permanent Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Auditors, Chartered Accountants, Credit Controllers, Estimators, Insurance, Payroll, Risk and Taxation.
Blue Collar: Drivers, FLT Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Manufacturing, Production, Warehouse.
Construction: Architectural Technicians, Labourers, Quantity Surveyors.
Engineering: Hardware Engineers, HVAC Engineers, Radio-Frequency Engineers, Senior Electronic Engineers, Technicians.
Executive/ Professional: Compliance, Digital Marketing, HR, Legal, Marketing, Operation Managers, Public Relations, Project Managers, Regulatory Professionals, Solicitor’s.
IT/Computing: Agile Project Managers, Analysts, Automation Testers, Bi, C#, CAD, Cloud Engineers, CNC, Cyber, Date Professionals, Data Scientists, Developers, Digital, IT, Maximo, SAP, Software Engineers, Technology.
Nursing/Medical /Care: Care Home Managers, Carers, Health Care Assistants, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Nurses, Optometrists, Pharmacists.
Retail: Non - recorded.
Secretarial/ Clerical: Administration, PA’S, Receptionists.
Other: Custom Clearance, Data Privacy, German Speakers, Lab Technicians, Sales, Scientific, Skilled, Telesales, Unskilled.
Key Temp Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Auditors, Chartered Accountants, Credit Controllers, Finance, Para Planners and Payroll.
Blue Collar: Decorators, Drivers, FLT Drivers, Factory, Food Process, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Manufacturing, Production and Warehouse.
Construction: Architectural Technicians, Construction.
Engineering: Design Engineers, System Engineers, Technical.
Executive/Professional: Legal, Regulatory Professional.
Hotels/Catering: None recorded.
IT/Computing: Analysts, Automation Testers, Bi, C#, Cyber, Data Scientists, Database Developers, Developers, IT, Maximo, SAP, Software, Technology.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Carers, Clinical Professionals, Doctors, Health Care Assistants, Hearing Aid dispensers, Nurses, Optometrists.
Retail: None recorded.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration and Receptionists.
Other: Customer Services, Sales, Security, Skilled, Teachers, Unskilled.
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