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Placements rise but at slower pace

Permanent staff placements continued to rise last month [October], but the rate of expansion was the slowest since November last year, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)/KPMG ‘Report on Jobs’.

Similarly, temporary/contract staff billings increased for an 18th successive month, but the latest rise was the least marked since June 2013, reflecting a slower rise in demand for staff.

The report found that the number of job vacancies also further increased in October, although the rate of growth eased to a 10-month low.

Recruitment consultants reported that candidate availability remained tight. The rate of decline in permanent staff availability was marked, despite easing slightly to the slowest since May, while temp availability decreased at the fastest pace in three months.

Engineering remained top of the ‘league table’ in terms of demand for permanent staff during October, marginally ahead of IT & computing. The slowest growth was for hotel & catering employees.

Nursing/medical/care was the most sought-after category for short-term workers in October, while engineering took second place. Construction workers saw the least marked increase in demand for their services.

Research from the ‘Report on Jobs’, undertaken by research specialist Markit on behalf of the REC and KPMG, comes from a panel of 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies. - See more at:
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