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.