Contract billings rise, while permanent appointments fall for seventh consecutive month

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REC: ‘The UK’s vibrant temporary work market is playing an important role in helping employers to manage the ongoing uncertainty and job-seekers to find work.’

The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs data showed that heightened political and economic uncertainty regarding Brexit continued to weigh on hiring activity at the end of the third quarter.

While temp billings rose modestly, permanent staff appointments fell for the seventh month in a row.

Demand for contract/temporary staff increased in seven of the ten monitored job sectors during September, led by Nursing/Medical/Care.

Commenting on the latest survey results, Neil Carberry, Recruitment & Employment Confederation Chief Executive, said, “Businesses are positive about their own prospects, but ongoing Brexit uncertainty has led many firms to delay projects and hiring decisions. Vacancy growth has fallen to its lowest since 2012.

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“The UK’s vibrant temporary work market is playing an important role in helping employers to manage the ongoing uncertainty and job-seekers to find work.

“There are deeper issues which must be addressed to secure the UK’s future prosperity. Productivity is falling, and there are skills shortages in vital sectors across the economy. Solving these problems must be top of the government’s to-do list once the Brexit deadlock has been broken.”

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