KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY
Permanent staff appointments fall slightly, but temp billings rise
Staff vacancies rise at the slowest rate since August 2012
Candidate shortages continue to push up starting pay
FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
Modest rise in permanent staff appointment
Fastest increase in temp pay for nine months
Candidate supply falls at softer rate
UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES TO WEIGH ON STAFF HIRING DECISIONS IN APRIL
Commenting on the latest survey results, James Stewart, Vice Chair at KMPG, said:
“This report shows how the UK jobs market has seized up, with both employers and candidates waiting to see which direction Brexit is going to go in. For now, this smothers the prospects for growth and makes it a lot harder for companies looking to innovate.
“Overall employers have hired fewer permanent staff in three of the past four months and most of the firms we are speaking to say that uncertainty around Brexit is to blame. A subdued public sector is also contributing to the wider picture.
“On the supply side, a high rate of employment and the apprehension of potential candidates means there just are not a lot of suitably skilled people out there to hire anyway. This is an increasing problem for firms in technology, health and engineering who are experiencing a skills gap.
“Concern over the long-term picture means now is a good time to be a temp, with steep increases in pay to both day rate and short contract workers.”
Neil Carberry, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive, said:
“Employers are turning to temporary workers to support their business and offer people opportunity while the long-term economic picture is unclear.
“We should be proud of how our jobs market has adapted to challenging circumstances. Resolving Brexit will bring some certainty, but we must also take bold steps to fix the underlying problems suggested by these figures.”
DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR
The seasonally adjusted Permanent Placements Index signalled a further decline in the number of people placed into permanent jobs during April. That said, the rate of reduction eased from March’s 32-month record and was fractional overall. Nonetheless, permanent staff hires have now declined in three of the past four months. Recruitment Consultancies widely reported that uncertainty around Brexit had led firms to pause any hiring decisions. There was also reports that a lack of suitably skilled candidates and relatively stagnant market conditions had hampered recruitment at the start of the second quarter
London recorded the quickest drop in permanent staff appointments of all four English regions. In fact, the North of England was the only area to see an increase in permanent positions during April.
IT & Computing topped the ranking for permanent staff demand, closely followed by Nursing/Medical/Care and Engineering. However, the majority of monitored sectors noted softer increases in vacancies. Retail noted a sharper decline.
Hotel & Catering
April survey data pointed to a further increase in temp billings at recruitment agencies. The rate of expansion quickened since March and was solid overall. However, growth remained among the slowest seen over the past three years. A number of recruiters mentioned that firm demand for short-term staff and increased business activity at clients had underpinned the latest rise in temp billings.
On a regional basis, the North of England noted the quickest rate of increase, closely followed by the South. The Midlands meanwhile noted the first reduction in temp billings for just over seven years.
The quickest increase in temporary staff vacancies was again seen in Nursing/Medical/Care in April. Blue Collar and Hotel & Catering completed the top three in the rankings. In contrast, short-term vacancies fell in Executive/Professional and Retail
Hotel & Catering
SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY
Key Permanent Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Accounts, Auditors, Book Keepers, Credit Controllers, Estimators, Finance, Financial Controllers, Mortgage Advisors, Payroll, Risk, Tax Accountants.
Blue Collar: Drivers, Fork Lift Drivers, HGV/LGV Drivers, Meter Readers, Production Managers, Semi-Skilled Workers, Skilled Workers, Warehouse.
Construction: Construction Sales, Quantity Surveyors.
Engineering: Design Engineers, Development Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Electronic Design Engineers, Hardware Engineers, Installation Technicians, Technicians.
Executive/ Professional: Compliance, Human Resources, Law, Legal, Litigation, Management, Marketing, Project Managers, Recruitment Consultants, Scientists’.
Hotel/Catering: Baristas, Catering, Chefs, Hospitality.
IT/Computing: Automation Testers, CAD, Cyber, Data Analysts, Developers, DevOps, Digital, Gaming, IT, PHP, Software Developers, Technology.
Nursing/Medical /Care: Chemists, Dispensing Opticians, Healthcare Assistants, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Nurses, Optometrists, Support Workers, Ultrasound Staff.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Clerical, PA’s.
Other: B2B Sales, Commercial Service, Graduates, Logistics Managers, Sales, Technical Sales, Telesales, Unskilled Workers.
Key Temporary Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accounts, Accountants, Credit Controllers, Finance, Payroll.
Blue Collar: Blue Collar, Cleaners, Drivers, FLT Drivers, HGV Drivers, Industrial, LVG Drivers, Warehouse Operatives, Welders.
Engineering: Electronic Design Engineers, Hardware Engineers.
Executive/ Professional: Human Resources, Legal, Marketing, Project Managers, Scientists.
Hotels/Catering: Baristas, Catering, Chefs, Hospitality, Kitchen Porters.
IT/Computing: Automation Testers, CAD, Data Analysts, Developers, DevOps, Digital, Gaming, IT, Software Developers, Technology.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Dispensing Opticians, HADs, Nurses, Optometrists, Sonographers.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Clerical, Office Staff, PA’s, Receptionists.
Other: Customer Service, Graduates, Sales, Teachers, Telesales, Unskilled Workers, White Collar.
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