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February 2017 Report on Jobs

February 2017 Report on Jobs

Posted on March 15, 2017

Key points from the February survey include -

  • Permanent placements increase at quickest pace in one year...
  • temp billings growth softens to four-month low
  • Demand for staff reaches 18-month peak

The main findings for February are:

  • There has been a stronger growth of permanent staff placements
  • The growth in permanent placements picked up from January’s recent low to reach a one-year high in February. In contrast, temp billings increased at the softest pace in four months.
  • The demand for staff reaches 18-month peak
  • Job vacancies continued to increase in February. Overall, demand for staff rose at the quickest rate in one-and-a-half years, with both permanent and temporary workers seeing faster increases.
  • Candidate availability has declined at a faster pace
  • The availability of staff to fill job vacancies declined sharply in February. Both permanent and short-term candidate supply deteriorated and to a greater extent than at the start of the year, with the former noting the steepest rate of reduction.
  • There has also been a sharper increase in salaries
  • Starting salaries for candidates placed into permanent roles increased at the quickest pace since March 2016 in February. Meanwhile, temp pay growth picked up slightly from January and was the second-fastest seen in nine months.

Source REC Corporate – March 8th 2017 

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