May 2017 Newsletter

KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY

Nationally

Growth in both permanent placements and temp billings accelerates

Demand for staff reaches 21-month peak

Sharpest drop in permanent candidate numbers since August 2015

For The North

Growth of Permanent appointments at ten-month low and is the weakest across the UK

Steep and accelerated drop in permanent candidate availability
Salaries increase further to entice candidates

STAFF APPOINTMENTS INCREASE AT QUICKEST PACE FOR JUST OVER TWO YEARS!

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 Director of Policy Tom Hadley says:

“The challenge facing the next government are stark. Demand for staff is the strongest in almost 2 years, but the number of people available to take those jobs has plummeted. Official data shows unemployment has dropped to the lowest level since 1975 and EU citizens are leaving the UK in droves. Employers seeking to fill vacancies are running out of options.

Skill shortages are causing headaches in many sectors. The NHS for example is becoming increasingly reliant on short-term cover to fill gaps in hospital rotas because there are not enough nurses to take permanent roles. Meanwhile, the shortage of people with cyber security skills is a particular concern in many businesses in the wake of the recent high-profile WannaCry attacks.

Whichever party forms the next government must focus on improving the employability of our young people and boosting inclusion for underrepresented groups. Alongside this, these figures clearly show that in many sectors we need more, not fewer people so that businesses can grow and public services continue to deliver.”

DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR

Permanent Staff

Recruitment agencies across the UK reported a sharp and accelerated increase in the number of people placed into permanent job roles in May. Furthermore, the rate of expansion was the steepest recorded for just over two years. Around 43% of monitored agencies reported higher permanent placements in the latest survey period, with panellists commenting on strong demand for staff and new business developments.

All monitored UK regions registered growth in permanent placements in May, led by the South of England and London.

Latest data indicated that demand for permanent staff increased across all monitored categories in May. Engineering held its top place in the league table, followed closely by Nursing/Medical/Care. The slowest, albeit sharp, increase in demand was seen for construction workers.

Engineering
Nursing/Medical/Care
IT/Computing
Accounting/Financial
Hotel/Catering
Secretarial/Clerical
Blue Collar
Executive/Professional
Construction

Temporary/Contract Staff

Billings from the employment of temporary/contract staff continued to rise sharply in May. Notably, the rate of growth was the fastest since March 2015. A number of agencies reported that strong demand for tempo workers and a lack of permanent candidates, had contributed to the latest upturn in temp billings.

The Midlands recorded the fastest increase in temp billings in May, followed by the North. The slowest rate of expansion was reported in the South of England.

April data signalled a broad-based upturn in demand for temporary/contract workers.  Nursing/Medical/Care continued to top the league table, while Hotel & Catering placed second in the overall rankings

Nursing/Medical/Care
Hotel & Catering
Engineering
Blue Collar
Secretarial/Clerical
IT/Computing
Construction
Accounting/Financial
Executive/Professional

SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY

Key Permanent Staff Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Credit Control, Estimators, Financial Planners, Para planners, Payroll.

Blue Collar: Industrial workers, Manufacturing, Production Managers.

Construction: Construction workers, Quantity Surveyors, PICOT, Rail Project Managers.

Engineering: Aviation, Engineers, Production Engineers.

Executive/ Professional: Languages, Legal, Marketing, Project Managers.

Hotel/Catering: Chefs.

IT/Computing: CAD Designers, Cyber Security, C#, Data Analytics, Digital, IT, IT Support, Java, Gaming, .net, Python, Software Sales, Software Developers.

Nursing/Medical/Care: Carers, Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Nursery Nurses, Pharma, Support Workers.

Secretarial/Clerical: Account Clerks, Administration, Secretaries.

Other: Customer Services, Logistics, Sales, Sales Negotiators, Technical Sales

Key Temp Skills

Accountancy/Financial: Accounts, Audit,

Blue Collar: Drivers, Factory Workers, Fork Lift Drivers, HGV Drivers, Industrial workers, LGV Drivers, Unskilled workers, Warehouse workers.

Construction: Construction workers.

Engineering: Design Engineers, Engineers.

Executive/Professional: Corporate Communications, Languages, PR Account Managers.

Hotels/Catering: None recorded.

IT/Computing: CAD Designers, Digital Developers, IT.

Nursing/Medical/Care: Allied Health Professionals (AHP), Carers, Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Support Workers.

Secretarial/Clerical: Administration.

Other: Customer Services, Logistics, Sales, Sale Negotiators, Telesales.

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