Filed under Press releaseTuesday, 06 June 2017
Sharpest increase in staff appointments for over two years...
...supported by marked increase in demand for staff
Candidate numbers continue to decline sharply...
The availability of staff to fill vacancies continued to decline during May. While the number of candidates for permanent roles dropped at the quickest pace since August 2015, the deterioration in temporary candidate availability softened slightly since April.
...leading to further robust increase in salaries
The Midlands recorded the fastest increase in temp billings in May, followed by the North. The slowest rate of expansion was reported in the South of England.
Demand for staff across the private sector remained robust in May. Although, demand for permanent staff across the private sector softened slightly since April, growth remained robust overall. In contrast, the number of temporary vacancies in the private sector rose at a slightly quicker pace than seen in April.
May data indicated greater demand for permanent and short-term staff in the public sector. Furthermore, the increase in demand for temporary staff in the sector was the strongest seen since July 2015. Meanwhile, the number of permanent job vacancies increased for the first time in three months and at a solid pace.
Latest data indicated that demand for permanent staff increased across all monitored jobs categories in May. Engineering held its top place in the league table, followed closely by Nursing/Medical/Care. The slowest, albeit still sharp, increase in demand was seen for construction workers.
Nursing/Medical/Care employees were the most in-demand type of short-term staff in May. Nonetheless, steep rates of demand growth were recorded across all remaining job categories.
“The challenges facing the next government are stark. Demand for staff is the strongest in almost two years, but the number of people available to take those jobs has plummeted. Official data shows unemployment has dropped to the lowest level since 1975, and EU citizens are leaving the UK in droves. Employers seeking to fill vacancies are running out of options.
“Skill shortages are causing headaches in many sectors. The NHS for example is becoming increasingly reliant on short-term cover to fill gaps in hospital rotas because there aren’t enough nurses to take permanent roles. Meanwhile, the shortage of people with cyber security skills is a particular concern in many businesses in the wake of the recent high-profile WannaCry attacks.