Permanent appointments grew at fastest rate for six months in January
According to the latest ‘Report on Jobs’, which is published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, the number of permanent and temporary appointments grew faster in January than at any time in the past six and seven months respectively.
The report, which is based on information from 400 recruitment and employment consultancies across the UK, also shows that there has been a further increase in vacancies in general. It suggests that whilst the availability of permanent candidates remained stable, there has been a marked increase in the number of temporary and contract staff available. When it comes to salaries, the report shows that they have increased, albeit not hugely, for permanent staff, but decreased for temporary positions.
Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said that February’s Report on Jobs showed accelerated economic activity in January and that, whilst not in large numbers, employers are increasing their hiring. He said that what has been fragile employer confidence up until now is “finally starting to harden”. Whist he thought that the news was promising, he also commented that “there is still a job to be done to ensure that all of society benefits from this renewed optimism.”
Robert Addy, partner at Sheffield legal recruitment specialist, CRA Legal, said “Of course this is encouraging news, and a trend which I have certainly seen myself in the last month. However, we must of course remain realistic about the recovery, as we are not yet seeing the full effect of the recent increase in pressures on businesses, such as the rise in VAT and the public spending cuts. In fact a recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development suggested that 1 in 5 people think they are going to lose their jobs. I am sure that the market will remain volatile for a time to come, but I believe that the upward trend will continue, although I do think that employers will be looking for staff in more specialist roles – particularly in the legal market, as they need people who can move in the direction that the huge organisational changes have taken them. We at CRA will certainly continue to work closely with our clients to ensure that can offer the high quality candidates that they need to move forward.”
Robert can be contacted at CRA Legal on 0114 241 8030 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.craconsultants.com