July 2017 Newsletter



Permanent placements growth reaches 27-month record

Temp billings increase at the fastest rate for nearly two-and-a-half years

Marked decline in staff availability contributes to further increases in pay

For The North

Growth of demand for permanent workers in the North of England outpaces UK average

Quicker increases in staff appointments

Salaries and wages rise to entice candidates.

As always, we work closely with the Recruitment Employment Confederation and IHS Markit to continually explore what is happening month by month within the employment market. Following, are the most recent findings.

Commenting on the latest survey results, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:

“The jobs market continues to confound expectations with both permanent and temporary placements growing at the fastest rate for over two years. Starting salaries are also still rising, so for workers who want to boost their earnings now is a good time to consider moving jobs.

It’s clear that employers are having to work harder to fill jobs as vacancies rise and candidate availability shrinks. UK employment remains at an all-time high and looks set to keep improving. The parts of the economy most reliant on European Workers are under even more pressure as many EU workers return home. Employers are not just struggling to hire the brightest and the best but also people to fill roles such as chefs, drivers and warehouse workers.

London in particular is feeling the Brexit effect. Hiring is still growing but at a much slower rate compared with every other region of the UK. Financial services, a crucial part of the London labour market, are not hiring in their usual quantity as the uncertainty caused by Brexit makes them hesitant.

We can’t ignore the importance of our relationship with the EU to employers. If we want to keep our jobs market successful and vibrant, we must make it easier, not harder, for employers to access the people they need.”


Permanent Staff

UK recruitment signalled a sharp and accelerated increase in permanent placements at the start of the second half of the year. Furthermore, the number of people placed into permanent job roles rose at the quickest pace since April 2015. Anecdotal evidence indicated that growth reflected robust demand for staff at employers

The strongest upturn in permanent placements was recorded in the Midlands, closely followed by the North of England.  The weakest increase was seen in London, where growth softened to an eight-month low.

July survey data signalled sharp increases in demand for permanent workers across all monitored job categories, led by Engineering. Accounting/Financial and IT & Computing achieved second and third place in the rankings, respectively.

Blue Collar

Temporary/Contract Staff

Agencies’ billings from the employment of temporary/contract workers continued to increase in July. Notably, the rate of expansion accelerated to the quickest seen for nearly two-and-a-half years. A number of recruitment agencies indicated that companies took on extra short-term staff due to rising business requirements.

All monitored regions saw sharp increases in temp billings during July, led but the North of England.

Blue collar recorded the quickest upturn in temporary staff demand of all nine job categories in July.  Hotel & catering and Nursing/Medical/Care also saw steep increase in demand, while Executive/Professional placed at the bottom of the table.

Blue Collar 
Hotel & Catering 

Skills in Short Supply

Key Perm Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Audit, Accounts, Cost Management, Finance, Payroll, Risk, Treasury. 
Blue Collar: None recorded. 
Construction: None recorded. 
Engineering: Automotive, Electronic Engineers, Engineers, Maintenance Engineers. Technicians. 
Executive/ Professional: Business Analysts, Compliance, Legal, Marketing, Media, Project Managers, Senior Management. 
Hotel/Catering: Chefs. 
IT/Computing: Cyber Security, Developers, IT, Java, SC/DV Cleared staff. 
Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Support Workers. 
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Legal Personal Assistants, Receptionist’s. Other: Buyers, Customer Services, Languages, Sales.

Key Temp Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Audit, Accounts, Accountants, Cost Management, Risk. 
Blue Collar: Cleaners, Decorators, Drivers, Electricians, Fork Lift Drivers, HGV Drivers, Production, Site Managers, Unskilled Workers, Warehouse workers, Welders. 
Construction: Labourers. 
Engineering: Engineers, Infrastructure Engineers. 
Executive/Professional: Business Analysts, Compliance, Marketing, Media, Professional Services, Project Management. 
Hotels/Catering: None recorded. 
IT/Computing: Cyber Security, IT, Software Developers, Testers. 
Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Nurses, Support Workers. 
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration. 
Other: Buyers, Customer Services, Languages, Sales.