March saw significant growth in professional vacancy numbers in the UK, with contract jobs up 23% and permanent hiring up 17% month-on-month.
The latest monthly Recruitment Trends Snapshot, carried out by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) using data provided by cube19, revealed that following a lull in hiring in February, recruitment activity bounced back in March for both permanent and contract.
The report also found that year-on-year increases in hiring was up 29% for contract roles and six per cent for permanent.
Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo commented, “These figures show that the steady improvements we have seen over recent months are now beginning to gather pace and as we slowly come out of lockdown and follow the Government roadmap towards a ‘new normal’ we hope to see these figures remain on a positive upward trend. I am sure we will see some fluctuations as businesses face up to the challenges of a post-pandemic economic landscape but all the signs from this latest dataset point towards increasing light at the end of what has been a very long dark tunnel.”
Joe McGuire, Chief Revenue Officer of cube19, added, “It is great to see the market responding so well in preparation for easing of restrictions. Not only are the MoM & YoY numbers really positive but contract jobs perm/contract placements and perm/contract sales are the highest they have been since the APSCo Trends Snapshot started back in 2017. It’s nice to see the continued hard work across the industry being rewarded and I’m hopeful that continued job growth will translate to increased placements.”
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