The Report on Jobs captures original survey data which provides the most up-to-date monthly picture of recruitment, employment, staff availability and employee earnings trends available. There are three reports, one covering the UK as a whole, one focused specifically on the North of England and one on the South.

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The Report on Jobs is a monthly publication produced by IHS Markit and sponsored by KPMG and REC.

Here are the key points from the North Report on Jobs:

  • Permanent staff appointments rise markedly…
  • …but temp billings decline further.
  • Temp candidate supply increases for the first time since September 2013.

Here are the key points from the South Report on Jobs:

  • A modest reduction in permanent placements.
  • Vacancy growth picks up slightly but remains subdued.
  • Permanent candidate supply falls at the slowest rate for two-and-a-half years.

Here are the key points from the UK Report on Jobs:

  • Permanent staff appointments fall for the fifth month running.
  • Temp billings growth edges down to 75-month low.
  • Staff availability declines at softest pace for two-and-a-half years.

James Stewart, Vice Chair at KMPG  says:

“Businesses continue to take a cautious approach to hiring as Brexit and economic uncertainty linger. Permanent staff appointments have fallen for the fifth month in a row, while overall demand remains lacklustre as firms delay recruitment decisions. Uncertainty is also impacting the supply of labour, as people are choosing to sit tight until the outlook is clearer.

With the UK unemployment rate already at a four-decade low, candidate shortages in the labour market continued to push up rates of starting pay. This will likely cause concern for businesses looking to control their costs and recruit the right people for the long term. Ultimately, businesses will be eager to see a Brexit breakthrough in Westminster to help re-establish market confidence on hiring and investment.”

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive at Recruitment & Employment Confederation says:

“Our flexible jobs market remains a key strength for the UK as we navigate an uncertain time. While we are seeing a concerning weaker trend in permanent placements bed in, the rate of change is slow, employment rates are high and starting salaries are growing.

The new government should be focused on delivering the negotiated exit from the EU businesses need, but also on avoiding damaging changes that will undermine the strength of our jobs market. An improved approach to immigration, reforms to the apprenticeship levy and avoiding hasty changes to contractor tax rules should be top of the list. Recruiters are an invaluable source of local and industry expertise to businesses looking to hire new staff. The REC is helping its members to do this with new, local workforce intelligence data.”



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