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REC: Shrinking talent pool pushing up wages

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has released its latest Report on Jobs, highlighting trends in the recruitment industry. The report provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

Permanent placements increase at softer pace

Latest data pointed to sustained growth in permanent placements during March. Although the pace of expansion eased from February’s one-year record, it was solid overall. Meanwhile, growth in temp billings picked up slightly from February’s four-month low and was sharper than seen on average in 2016.

Supply of candidates drops markedly

The supply of permanent candidates fell [...]

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REC: Candidate shortage an ongoing dilemma

Half (51 per cent) of employers anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent jobs, according to the latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Employers with more than 250 staff are particularly concerned about the lack of talent available, with 63 per cent expecting a shortage.

One in five hirers (22 per cent) plan to take on more permanent staff in the medium term (four to twelve months), with only 1 per cent planning to decrease their headcount.

Demand for staff is higher in London, where 28 per cent of employers intend to increase their permanent workforce in [...]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: Candidate shortage an ongoing dilemma|

REC: UK employers face growing candidate shortages in 2017

Almost half of UK employers (48 per cent) expect to face a shortage of suitable candidates to fill permanent jobs in 2017, according to December’s JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

For the last six months employers have consistently cited engineering and technical jobs as most likely to come up against a skills shortage. The latest report shows that health & social care and construction employers are also expecting to struggle to find people to fill vacancies.

With one in three (32 per cent) organisations reporting to have no spare workforce capacity, hiring in these sectors is likely [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: UK employers face growing candidate shortages in 2017|

ONS: Unemployment remains at 4.8%

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its UK Labour Market statistics for the period August to October 2016.

The findings show that between May to July 2016 and August to October 2016, the number of people in work was little changed, the number of unemployed people decreased, and the number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) increased.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.4%, slightly down from the joint record high of 74.5% recorded for May to July 2016 but higher [...]

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ONS: Unemployment at lowest for more than ten years

The Office for National Statistics has released the November 2016 UK Labour Market statistical bulletin, which covers the period July to September 2016. The bulletin includes estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other employment-related statistics for the UK.

Between April to June 2016 and July to September 2016, the number of people in work increased and the number of unemployed people decreased. The number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) increased.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5%, the joint highest since [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on ONS: Unemployment at lowest for more than ten years|

REC: Staff demand increases as availability drops

The Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies and is released each month by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), in association with Markit.

The November Markit/REC Report on Jobs has been released, with key findings showing that the growth of permanent placements has reached and eight-month high, demand for both permanent and temporary candidates is at its highest since May, and a decline in staff availability has been reported.

Permanent and temporary placements rise solidly…

The amount of people placed in permanent roles increased for the [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: Staff demand increases as availability drops|
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    REC: One in four businesses hiring despite reduced confidence

REC: One in four businesses hiring despite reduced confidence

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of UK employers plan to take on more permanent staff in the next three months, with only three per cent planning a reduction in their permanent workforce, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Businesses are also seeking more temporary resource, with four in five (81 per cent) planning to maintain or increase their use of agency workers in the run up to Christmas.

However, the survey of 600 employers reveals that large organisations (250+ employees) are less likely to take on new permanent staff in the short term [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: One in four businesses hiring despite reduced confidence|

ONS: Employment remains at 74.5%

Between March to May 2016 and June to August 2016, the number of people in work and the number of unemployed people increased. The number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) fell.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5%, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 31.81 million people in work, 106,000 more than for March to May 2016 and 560,000 more than for a year earlier.

There were 23.23 million people working full-time, 362,000 more than for a year [...]

By |October 19th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on ONS: Employment remains at 74.5%|
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    REC Report on Jobs: Staff appointments rise again in September

REC Report on Jobs: Staff appointments rise again in September

The Markit/REC Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

Permanent placements rise for second successive month…
September data showed a second straight monthly rise in permanent staff placement volumes, after the declines seen in June and July. Temporary/contract staff billings also rose, albeit at a slower pace compared with August’s three-month high. In both cases, rates of growth remained slight overall.

…supported by sharper increase in vacancies
Demand for staff continued to rise in September, with the pace of growth picking up to a three-month high. [...]

By |October 7th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC Report on Jobs: Staff appointments rise again in September|
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    REC: Employers remain ‘level-headed’ despite drop in confidence

REC: Employers remain ‘level-headed’ despite drop in confidence

The latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) reveals that employer confidence tumbled during the last quarter, but also suggests that businesses are holding back from making cuts to their workforce.

The research was undertaken in partnership with ComRes, who interviewed 600 employers and owners involved in hiring by telephone between May 6th and July 15th 2016.

The survey results show that twenty-four per cent of employers indicated that they would take on more permanent staff in the next three months, while 64 per cent said they will maintain their existing headcount. Just 3 per cent of employers [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: Employers remain ‘level-headed’ despite drop in confidence|