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The January Report on Jobs

Posted on February 08, 2016

Overall this month’s survey has shown:

  • Faster growth of permanent placements with temp billing easing
  • Permanent salaries increasing but at a weaker rate than the previous 27 months
  • Low candidate availability continues

January signalled yet another increase in the number of candidates placed in permanent roles and as we would usually expect, this increase was faster than it had been in December. Across the country, the demand for staff has risen at the fastest rate in five months which would suggest this increase it set to last through February. As with previous months, the lion’s share of roles have been in the private sector rather than public and there has been a much slower demand for temporary or contract staff.

The continued shortage of staff across many sectors has shown signs of abating but it is still high in such areas as Accountancy/Financial Services, Executive/Professional roles, Construction, Engineering, IT/Computing and Secretarial/Clerical positions. The knock on effect of this once again has been continued increases in average starting salaries which, although easing to a slower rate than previous months, have still remained strong amidst competition for qualified staff.

According to the report, the South as a whole has shown a slower rise in permanent placements than the current trend and mainly because labour supply in the South has continued to drop sharply across most key sectors. At Cathedral Appointments, we have continued to see a steady rise in placements made but shortages of candidates in key areas such as Engineering, Legal and Secretarial roles has proved a challenge and we are seeing that as the market place evolves, we are having to find different ways of attracting new candidates.

If you would like any more information on any of our current roles or to discuss recruitment needs then please contact us on 01392 413577 or [email protected]