A good time to use a Head Hunter - July 2018 UK Employment Report

Permanent placements rise at slower pace amid further drop in candidate availability

This is a great time to use a headhunter for your key senior management opportunities, as the supply of good candidates continues to decline.

Key points from the July survey:

  • Permanent placement growth softens to nine-month low, while temp billings increase at faster pace
  • Staff vacancies expand at quickest rate since last November
  • Decline in candidate availability eases, but remains historically sharp

The main findings for July are:

Softer rise in permanent staff appointments...

Permanent placements continued to rise sharply in July, though the rate of expansion was the softest recorded since last October. Temp billings also increased strongly, with the rate of growth picking up from June’s recent low.

...as supply of candidates continues to drop markedly

Recruitment agencies indicated that candidate shortages weighed on permanent staff appointments. Notably, the supply of both permanent and temporary candidates fell sharply in July, despite rates of decline easing to the weakest in three months in both cases.

Staff vacancies rise at quicker pace...

Demand for staff strengthened further in July, with overall job vacancies expanding at the quickest rate for eight months. Growth was led by the private sector, with demand for both permanent and temporary workers continuing to rise at rates that comfortably outstripped those seen in the public sector.

...maintaining upward pressure on pay

Low candidate availability and robust demand for staff led to  a further steep increase in salaries awarded to permanent starters. At the same time, temp pay rates rose at a marked and accelerated rate that was close to April’s two-year record.

Sophie Wingfield, Head of Policy at REC says:

“The rise in interest rates for only the second time in a decade may leave some people feeling the pinch. But a new job is one way people can ease the burden on their finances. With our data showing starting salaries continuing to rise, the latest official government figures suggest that we are finally seeing the effects of a tighter labour market feed through to pay.

“Following a period of turbulence and big name closures, the World Cup and heatwave had retailers enjoying a ‘summer bounce’ and basking in the sun with demand for temporary staff on the up with many businesses positively revising their hiring plans. Right now, students on their summer break can make the most of these opportunities and cash-in while gaining valuable experience and new skills.”

The Report on Jobs is unique in providing the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies and employers to provide the first indication each month of labour market trends.

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