Temp billings rise while permanent placements soften

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Latest findings reveal that the pace of permanent placements was the softest seen in 2018 so far, while in contrast, growth of contract/temp billings picked up from March’s 13-month low.

According to the recent IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs, rates of pay for contract/temporary staff also rose to the greatest extent in two years.

Looking at a regional analysis, Scotland continued to record the steepest increase in contract/temp billings when comparing all five monitored UK regions, while the North of England recorded the slowest.

Blue collar and engineering were the most in-demand categories during April, however, all of the remaining job sectors noted higher staff vacancies.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley, commented, “Following the recent headlines about high street closures, it’s unsurprising to see demand for retail staff falling this month. With consumers increasingly shopping online, it’s a good time for retail workers to think about how their skills translate into other areas within the business – for example, recruiters say there’s huge demand for staff in IT, and there is also a shortage of order pickers and packers. Helping people make career transitions will become increasingly important in this fast changing business and employment landscape.

“Demand for staff is still on the rise in every other sector, but candidate availability keeps dropping. Our data shows that employers are paying more to attract the right people into their vacancies. For individuals, now is a good time to look for a new job, as you are in a strong position to negotiate higher pay.”

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