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 at a marked pace…
  • … but temp billings decline solidly
  • Lower candidate supply pushes up starting pay

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

  • Permanent placements decline at the quickest rate for nearly 10 years…
  • …contrasting with a marked increase in temp billings
  • Demand for staff rises at a relatively subdued pace

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

  • Modest decline in permanent staff placements
  • Temp billings growth at 73-month low
  • Demand for staff rises at historically subdued pace

James Stewart, Vice Chair at KMPG  says:

“Brexit uncertainty continues to dampen the jobs market as companies kept their recruitment decisions on hold in May. Permanent staff appointments fell at a slightly faster pace than in April, while subdued confidence ensured that growth in temporary billings hit a six-year low”.

Of increasing concern is that uncertainty is feeding through to weaker growth in job vacancies, while the supply of candidates fell sharply as people are becoming more risk averse with regards to switching roles. Relatively muted trends for permanent staff vacancies were seen across the board, with retail, construction and executive/professional hit particularly badly.

We expect the labour market to remain in stalemate over the summer as the contest for a new Prime Minister kicks off. Companies are unlikely to make any dramatic investment decisions until a new leader is in place and have more insight on the future direction of Brexit.”

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

“The jobs market is still creating opportunities for those looking for work. With vacancies rising and starting salaries going up sharply, it is worth people talking to recruiters about that next step in their career.

“Overall, though, the survey again shows what uncertainty does to hiring plans, with permanent placements dropping again.”


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