KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY
Rapid increase in permanent placements and temp billings
Vacancy growth hits highest since January 1998
Supply of workers drop at quickest rate for four years
FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
Record upturn in permanent staff appointments
Fastest increase in temp billings since January 2014
Permanent candidates availability drops at record rate
PERMANENT STAFF APPOINTMENTS RISE AT RECORD PACE AS PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS EASE FURTHER IN MAY
Commenting on the latest survey results, Claire Warnes, Partner and Head of Education, Skills and Productivity at KPMG UK, said:
“With demand for workers in May increasing at the fastest rate in 23 years, the jobs market seems to be firing on all cylinders, and we need this momentum to continue for our economy and businesses to fully bounce back.
“But the deterioration in staff supply intensified this month, with overall candidate availability declining at the quickest rate since May 2017. This is a worrying trend and the message is clear: we need businesses and recruiters working alongside Government to urgently address the skills gap by supporting candidates and employees to upskill and reskill to move into new roles. This will be crucial to our recovery from the pandemic and the levelling up of opportunities across the UK.”
Warren Middleton, Office Senior Partner for KPMG in Manchester, said:
“The continued rise in permanent and temporary staff appointments across the North is in line with the further loosening of restrictions we saw towards the end of May. While it is great to see so many businesses advertising their roles across the region to meet the surge in demand, we must do more to encourage those who have lost jobs in the pandemic to consider working in a different sector. Businesses in the North should look at how they can retrain workers to help fill the gap left by the lack of candidate availability.”
Kate Shoesmith, Recruitment & Employment Confederation deputy chief executive, said:
“We now have a consistent picture over the past few months to show that confidence is growing and hiring plans are in motion. The data is mirroring exactly what recruiters tell us daily. Permanent placements are growing at the fastest pace we’ve ever seen, and temp billings at the quickest for six years.
“So now is the time for action. With demand spiking, the skills and labour shortages that already existed in the UK have come into sharper focus – and COVID has only made them worse. This is the most pressing issue in the jobs market right now, and has the potential to slow down the recovery. Employers must think about how they can attract the staff they need, for example by looking at the wage and benefits package on offer – there is particular demand for more flexible and hybrid work. But government also needs to urgently look at improving access to work and opportunities for everyone to participate in training that will lead to a job. This should start with careers information that signals where job openings are being created and funding for the relevant work-related training.”
DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR
Recruitment consultants across the UK signalled a further rise in permanent staff appointments in May, thereby extending the current sequence of expansion to three months. Furthermore, the rate of growth accelerated to a survey-record high, exceeding the previous peak in October
1997. Panellists frequently mentioned that a further easing of national lockdown measures, which more recently included the reopening of hospitality and leisure sectors, and greater market confidence had driven permanent placements higher in May.
The North of England saw the steepest increase in permanent staff appointments of all four monitored English regions, though rates of growth were also sharp elsewhere.
Demand for permanent workers rose across all ten monitored job categories during May. The steepest increases in vacancies were seen in IT & Computing and Hotel & Catering. Retail meanwhile saw the softest expansion in demand.
The seasonally adjusted Temporary Billings Index remained well above the neutral 50.0 level to signal a further rapid increase in temp billings during May. Furthermore, the latest upturn was the sharpest seen since February 2015. When explaining the latest expansion, recruiters often commented on the easing of pandemic-related restrictions and firmer demand for temp staff across a variety of sectors.
The sharpest rise in temp billings was seen in the North of England, followed by the South of England. Meanwhile, the Midlands recorded a relatively modest rate of growth, while billings were broadly stagnant in London.
The sharpest rise in temp billings was seen in the North of England, followed by the South of
England. Meanwhile, the Midlands recorded a relatively modest rate of growth, while billings were broadly stagnant in London.
Hotel & Catering
SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY
Key Permanent Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Auditors, Book Keepers, Credit Controllers, Estimators, Finance, Financial Controllers, Insurance, Management Accountants, Payroll, Risk, Tax Professionals and Taxation.
Blue Collar: Drivers, Factory, FLT, Manufacturing, Production, Security Guards and Warehouse.
Construction: Architectural Technicians, Architecture, Construction, Labourers and Quantity Surveyors. Engineering: Design Engineers and Technicians.
Executive/ Professional: B2B, Business Development, Compliance, HR, Legal, Management, Marketing, Project Managers and Recruitment Consultants.
Hotel/Catering: Catering, Chefs, Front of House and Hospitality.
IT/Computing: i, C#, CAD, Data Professionals, Data Scientists, Developers, Digital, IT, Java, Maximo and Technical Sales
Nursing/Medical /Care: Health Care Assistants, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Nurses, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Social Workers and Support Workers.
Secretarial/ Clerical: Administration, Clerical, PA and Secretarial.
Other: Bid Managers, Call Centre, Commercial, Customs, Designers, Dutch Speakers, Education, Freight, German Speakers, Life Science, Logistics, Operations, Sales, Scandinavian Speakers, Security, Skilled, Supply Chain, Telemarketers and Unskilled.
Key Temp Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Auditors, Book Keepers, Credit Controllers, Finance, Financial Planners, Payroll, Risk and Taxation.
Blue Collar: Carpenters, Cleaners, Decorators, Drivers, Factory, FLT Drivers, HGV Drivers, Manufacturing, Packers, Production, Security Guards, Trades, Warehouse and Welders.
Construction: Architectural Technicians, Bricklayers, Labourers.
Engineering: Engineers - general.
Executive/Professional: B2B, Compliance, HR, Legal, Marketing.
Hotels/Catering: Catering, Chefs and Hospitality.
IT/Computing: Cyber, Data Professionals, Data Developers, Data Scientists, IT, Java, Software Engineers, Technology.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Carers, Doctors, Health Care Assistants, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Nurses, Optometrists and Pharmacists.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Office Staff, PA and Secretarial.
Other: Agricultural, Call Centre, Customer Service, Dutch Speakers, German Speakers, Logistics, Sales, Scandinavian Speakers, Skilled Telemarketers and Unskilled.
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