- Permanent placements and temp billings continue to rise, but not as sharply as previous months
- Candidate availability deteriorates at steeper pace
- Robust demand for staff leads to further marked rises in pay
Softer increase in staff appointments…
Permanent staff placements and temporary billings both continued to rise sharply in June, despite rates of expansion easing to eight- and three-month lows respectively.
…as candidate availability falls at sharper rate
Lower candidate availability was cited as a factor hampering growth in staff appointments. Notably, both permanent and temporary worker availability declined at sharper rates at the end of the second quarter.
Steeper increase in staff vacancies
Staff vacancies continued to rise sharply in June. Growth of demand for permanent staff edged up to a seven-month high, while short-term vacancies rose at a slower yet still strong rate.
Pay pressures remain historically marked
The Midlands saw the steepest expansion in permanent placements of all four monitored English regions, while the weakest upturn was noted in London.
The steepest increase in demand for staff was seen for private sector permanent workers. The slowest, albeit still marked, rise was seen for public sector permanent staff.
June survey data indicated that permanent staff vacancies rose across all ten monitored job categories. IT & Computing and Engineering led the overall upturn in demand for permanent workers. The weakest increase in vacancies was seen for Retail.
Blue Collar topped the rankings for demand for short-term staff during June, followed by Nursing/Medical/Care. The only sector to not register increased demand for temporary workers was retail, as vacancies stagnated.
Neil Carberry, REC Chief Executive says: