KEY POINTS FROM SURVEY
Starting salaries rise sharply amid steep reduction in candidate supply.Permanent placements expand at slightly weaker pace
Vacancy growth softens to near two-year low, but remains strong.
For The North
Staff appointments continue to increase, albeit at slower rate
Vacancies and permanent salaries rise again
Skills shortages persist, although staff supply falls at weaker pace.
STARTING SALARIES RISE AT FASTEST RATE SINCE APRIL 2015, AS CANDIDATES AVAILABILITY DROPS FURTHER.
Neil Carberry, Chief Executive at the REC says:
“UK businesses are resilient, but they are struggling to find the people they need to drive growth and opportunity. Recruiters’ specialist skills help to address this, but with Brexit looming a comprehensive mobility drive deal with the EU will be needed to underpin prosperity. Higher skills investment, driven by a reformed apprenticeship levy, will also be essential.
An effective approach to post-Brexit immigration must acknowledge that there is unmet needs for roles of all sorts – not just those filled by the very highest earners. Keeping deliveries going, patients being treated and goods on the shelves means an open approach to workers from elsewhere. Businesses understand the need for control – but this is not in conflict with openness to those who come to contribute.”
DEMAND FOR STAFF BY SECTOR
September survey data signalled a further increase in the number of people placed into permanent jobs, thereby extending the current sequence of expansion to 26 months. Despite easing from August’s five-month peak, growth remained sharp and continued to outpace the historical average. Increased demand for staff and rising activity levels at clients were linked by recruiters to the latest upturn in permanent staff appointments. However, there were also reports that candidate shortages had limited overall growth.
London registered the quickest increase in permanent placements of all four monitored English regions, while the weakest expansion was seen in the Midlands.
IT & Computing remain the most in-demand category for permanent staff in September. Higher vacancies were also seen across the remaining nine sectors covered by the survey. Retail noted the softest increase in permanent staff vacancies.
Billings received from the employment of temporary / contract staff rose again in September. Notably, the rate of expansion quickened since August and was slightly above the long-run average.
All four monitored English regions noted increases in temp billings. The strongest rise was seen in the Midlands, while the weakest expansion was registers in the South of England.
Demand rose for all monitored categories of temporary / contract staff in September. Nursing/Medical/Care registered the steepest increase in demand, while the slowest growth was indicated for Construction workers.
Hotel & Catering
SKILLS IN SHORT SUPPLY
Key Permanent Staff Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Banking, Credit Controllers, Estimators, Finance, Finance Directors, Financial Planners, Insurance, Para-planners, Payroll, Risk, Tax, Treasury, Underwriters.
Blue Collar: Drivers, HGV Drivers, LGV Drivers, Manufacturing, Production Managers, Quality Managers, Welders.
Construction: Architecture, Construction Workers, Quantity Surveyors, Town Planners.
Engineering: Automotive, CNC Machinists, Design, Electrical, Engineers, Industrial, Rail Engineers, Technicians.
Executive/ Professional: Compliance, Legal, Legal Secretaries, Marketing, Project Managers, Scientists.
Hotel/Catering: Catering, Chefs, Hospitality.
IT/Computing: .Net, Automation, C++, C#, CAD, Data Analysts, DevOps, Digital, Gaming, IT, IT Security, Java, Software Developers, Technology, Web Developers.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Clinical Professionals, Healthcare Assistants, Home Care Workers, Nurses, Optometrists, Support Workers, Ultrasound Staff.
Secretarial/Clerical: Account Clerk, Administration, Office Staff, Personal Assistants, Receptionist’s.
Other: B2B Sales, Buyers, Call Centre, Claim Handlers, Customer Services, Education, Languages, Sales, Shipping, Telesales.
Key Temp Skills
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Credit Controllers, Finance, Payroll, Risk, Treasury.
Blue Collar: Blue Collar, Carpenters, Drivers, Forklift Drivers, HGV Drivers, Industrial Workers, Labourers, Manufacturing, Pickers and Packers, Production Managers, Site Managers, Warehouse Workers, Welders.
Construction: Architecture, Construction Workers, Town Planners.
Engineering: CNC Machinists, Engineers.
Executive/ Professional: Compliance, Legal, Legal Secretaries, Marketing, Project Managers, Risk Specialists.
Hotels/ Catering: Baristas, Catering, Chefs, Hospitality.
IT/Computing: CAD, Digital, Gaming, IT, IT Security, Java, Software Developers, Technology, Testers.
Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Care Workers, Optometrists, Sonographers.
Secretarial/Clerical: Administration, Office Staff, Receptionist’s.
Other: Agricultural, Buyers, B2B Sales, Call Centre, Customer Service, Health & Safety Managers, Languages, Logistics, Sales, Teachers, Telesales.
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