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Despite the furlough scheme coming to end and on-going economic uncertainty, the capital saw a marked increase in recruitment in September.

This is according to research carried out by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) with data provided by Vacanysoft as part of its Covid hiring tracker.

The average number of daily professional vacancies added for the month totalled 431, up from 386 in August and 194 at the height of the pandemic in April. In a normal market this figure would range between 500 and 600, suggesting that London’s hiring was creeping towards normal levels shortly before the tier two lockdown was imposed.

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Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo, commented on the findings, “It is certainly encouraging to see professional vacancy numbers pick up in September across the capital, however, with London now under tier two lockdown restrictions we may see a dent in this positivity.

“While time will certainly tell just how much jobs will be hit, we certainly don’t expect to see vacancies impacted to the same extent as the national lockdown earlier this year. In fact, the continued demand for IT professionals indicates that the capital’s businesses are adapting to the new normal and digitising operations to survive the on-going challenges.”

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