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.”