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The October Report on Jobs

Posted on November 23, 2015


  • Growth of both permanent placements and temp billings gather speed
  • Salaries continue to rise
  • Candidate availability remains limited

Faster growth of permanent and temporary appointments…

October signalled a further increase in permanent staff placements with growth being the sharpest in four months. Temporary/contract staff billings also rose at a faster pace – the hightest expansion in three months.

…underpinned by robust demand for staff

Vacancies continued to rise in October. Increased demand for permanent employees remained greater than that for temporary/contract staff.

Strong salary growth maintained…

Permanent staff salary growth remained strong in October with a similar pace to the previous three months. Temporary/contract staff hourly pay increased at a solid pace, albeit slower than that seen for permanent salaries.

…as candidate availability continues to fall

The availability of staff to fill permanent job roles fell further in October. Although easing to the slowest since January, the rate of decline remained sharp. Temporary/contract staff availability also decreased markedly, and at a slightly faster pace than in September.

Latest data signalled that demand remained considerably stronger in the private sector than the public sector. The sharpest overall increase was recorded for private sector permanent staff.

Accounting/Financial remained the most sought-after category for permanent staff in October. IT & Computing was in second place in the demand for staff ‘league table’.