High Demand For Staff

High Demand For Staff

High Demand For Staff

Demand for staff at highest level for 21 months

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the UK recruitment sector, has revealed that demand for staff reached its highest level for 21 months in May 2017.

The REC reported that all regions of the UK experienced an increase in the number of permanent jobs offered during May. Coupled with the fact that the number of candidates for permanent roles fell by the largest amount for any month since August 2015, it means that now is an excellent time to apply for a new job, especially if you are a highly skilled candidate.

Tom Hadley, Director of Policy at the REC, commented that “skill shortages are causing headaches in many sectors.”

The increase in the number of roles and the decline in the number of candidates also led to an increase in the average starting salary for permanent roles. This increase during May was higher than at any point in the previous three months.

Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the total number of people employed in the UK increased to 31.95 million in the three months from February to April 2017. This represents an increase of 108,000 on the previous three-month period, and a rise of 371,000 over the last 12 months.

Both the employment rate and the unemployment rate are at their joint lowest levels for more than 40 years.

The number of staff made redundant during the period from February to April fell to 89,000, the lowest such figure since the ONS began to record this in 1995.

Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, commented:

“With employment continuing to rise and unemployment falling, the UK jobs market remains on a firm footing.”

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