With pre-pandemic business conditions starting to return, recruitment activity surged again during last month, with the upturn in temp billings the fastest in this survey’s history.
The latest KPMG and REC’s UK Report on Jobs survey revealed that growth of demand for temporary vacancies expanded at the fastest rate since December 1997.
Hourly rates of pay also increased at the fastest pace since October 2004.
Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, commented, “Recruiters are working flat out to fill roles across our economy. The jobs market is improving at the fastest pace we have ever seen, but it is still an unpredictable time. We can’t yet tell how much the ending of furlough and greater candidate confidence will help to meet this rising demand for staff. In some key shortage sectors like hospitality, food, driving and IT, more support is likely to be needed to avoid slowing the recovery.
“That means supporting transitions into growing sectors through unemployment support and new skills programmes, as well as making sure the new immigration system reacts to demand, as promised. But it also means that hiring companies need to re-assess their workforce plans. In a tight jobs market, working with professional recruiters to position your firm as an employer of choice is a must.”