Recruitment activity up as economy re-opens

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REC: ‘Given the scale of falls in demand during the lockdown, we would expect a return to positive territory at this stage as demand for staff recovers’.

Latest data shows that September saw further recovery in hiring activity across the country for both contractors and permanent workers.

Findings from the recent KPMG and REC UK Report on Jobs survey indicated that the easing of lockdown measures led clients to take on more staff, with temp/contract billings expanding at the quickest rate since the end of 2018.

Permanent starting salaries continued to fall solidly last month, however, temp/contract wages fell only modestly.

Blue Collar saw the sharpest increase in temp vacancies of all ten monitored job categories during September. Steep rises were also signalled for Construction and Engineering roles.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said, “Growing permanent placements and temp billings in September confirm the positive trend recruiters around the country have been reporting to the REC. Given the scale of falls in demand during the lockdown, we would expect a return to positive territory at this stage as demand for staff recovers. But it is great to see it happen.”

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“Across the country, the story varies between sectors, but today’s survey emphasises the fact that the labour market is always creating roles – our challenge is to help people to find them. That’s where the UK’s world-leading recruitment sector comes in.”

James Stewart, Vice Chair at KPMG, added, “With increasing unease over what will happen in the coming months with the pandemic, Brexit and with the end of the furlough scheme in sight, the uncertainty for UK business is not going to dissipate anytime soon.

“The government has got challenging times ahead to continue to offer adequate support to business, opportunities for jobs seekers to upskill while helping instil confidence in the UK workforce.”

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