KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY
Softer rise in perm placements contrasts with steeper increase in temp billings
Growth of demand for staff picks up for the first time in nine months
Steeper decline in overall candidate availability leads to sharper rises in pay
For The North
Permanent placement growth accelerates while candidate supply falls further
Marked and accelerated upturn in permanent staff appointments
Temp billings rise to weakest extent in 27 months
Availability of candidates for permanent jobs declines sharply.
PERMANENT STAFF APPOINTMENTS INCREASE AT WEAKEST PACE FOR FOUR MONTHS!
REC Director of Policy Tom Hadley says:
“Following the recent headlines about high street closures, it’s unsurprising to see demand for retail staff falling this month. With consumers increasingly shopping online, it is good time for retail workers to think about how their skills translate into other areas within the business – for example, recruiters say there is huge demand of staff in IT, and there is also a shortage of order pickers and packers. Helping people make career transitions will become increasingly important in this fast changing business and employment landscape.
Demand for staff is still on the rise in every other sector, but candidate availability keeps dropping. Our data shows that employers are paying more to attract the right people into their vacancies. For individuals, now is good time to look for a new job, as you are in a strong position to negotiate higher pay.
For employers, the challenge is to stay ahead of the competition to maintain and enhance your workforce. This is about more than just pay, it is about proving progression opportunities and a positive workplace culture. As recruitment gets harder the only solution for employers is to get better at attracting and retaining the right skills and staff.”
DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR
Recruitment consultancies signalled a further rise in permanent staff placements during April, thereby stretching the current sequence of expansion to 21 months.
Anecdotal evidence suggested that growth of placements was underpinned by a further substantial rise in the demand for staff and greater job vacancies. Although sharp, the latest increase in placements was the slowest seen for four month.The Midlands registered the strongest rise in permanent staff appointments in April, while the weakest was seen in London.
The vast majority of monitored job categories registered higher permanent staff vacancies during April. The steepest rates of growth were registered across the Engineering and |IT & Computing sectors. Retail was the only category to recorder lower demand for permanent workers.
After moderating to a 13-month low in March, growth of temporary billings quickened slightly in April and was sharp overall. However, the pace of expansion remained softer that those seen through the majority of 2017.
Improved demand for contract/temporary staff was linked by respondents to the latest upturn in temp billings.
Scotland continued to record the steepest rate of growth, while the North of England recorded the slowest.
Blue Collar and Engineering were the most-in demand categories for temporary workers during April. Nonetheless, all of the remaining job sectors noted higher temp staff vacancies. The slowest growth was signalled for Construction.
Hotel & Catering
SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY
Key Permanent Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: ACA, Accountants, Actuaries, Audit, Credit Controllers, Estimators, IFA, Payroll, Risk, Treasury
Blue Collar: C + E Drivers, Forklift Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Sewing Machinists, Machinists, Metal Workers, Production Managers, Skilled Manufacturing Labour, Skilled Toolmakers, Vehicle Technicians, Warehouse Workers, Welders.
Construction: Architectural, Quantity Surveyors.
Engineering: Aerospace, Aviation, Building Services, Civil, Design, Drainage, Electrical, Managers, Mechanical, Technicians.
Executive/ Professional: Business Analysts, Business Development, Compliance, Executive, HR, Legal, Litigation, Marketing, Project Managers, Retail Business Analysis, Scientist’s, Solicitors.
Hotel/Catering: Baristas, Catering, Chefs, Hospitality, Hotel Receptionists, Housekeeping Managers.
IT/Computing: Automation Testers, CAD, Cyber Security, C#, Data, DevOps, Digital, Gaming, GDPR, IT, Java, .Net, Oracle Fusion, Ruby, Software Engineers, Technology, Telecoms, UI/UX Designers.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Clinical Professionals, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Sonographers, Support Workers.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, General Office
Other: B2B Sales, Buyers, Call Centre, Customer Services, Eastern European Languages, Graduates, Sales, Supply Chain, STEM, Teachers, Technical Sales, Telesales, Travel Consultants
Key Temp Skills
Accountancy/Financial: AAT, Accountants, Audit, Finance, Payroll, Risk, Treasury, Underwriters.
Blue Collar: Blue Collar, C + E Drivers, Drivers, Forklift Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Driver, Order Pickers/Packers, Machine Operatives, Unskilled Workers, Warehouse Workers.
Construction: Quantity Surveyors.
Engineering: Aerospace, Aviation, Design, Electrical, Rail.
Executive/ Professional: Business Analysis, Compliance, Legal, Marketing, Project Managers, Scientists. Hotels/
Catering: Catering, Chefs.
IT/Computing: Automation Testers, CAD, Cyber Security, Dev. Ops, Data, Digital, Gaming, GDPR, IT, Java, Oracle Fusion, Python, Software Developers, Technology, UI/UX.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Nurses, Optometrists, Sonographers.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, General Office Staff.
Other: B2B Sales, Customer Service, Qualified Teachers, Sales, Linguists (French, Mandarin, Spanish.
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