An interesting contrast as we enter 2018. With a strong market for permanent staff how do we close the skills gap and maintain employment growth. With many employers seeking niche skills will demand and permanent jobs increase as it becomes harder to source, attract and retain the best talent.
The number of people in permanent jobs increased at the fastest pace in four months at the end of 2017, despite national statistics warning of a decline in full-time employment and job vacancies. Figures from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and IHS Markit’s Report on Jobs, suggested the number of permanent staff placements in December increased at the quickest pace since August. Data gathered from recruitment and employment consultancies reported a strong demand for staff, and a noticeable rise in permanent starting salaries. But it revealed that candidate availability had declined sharply. This contrasts with the latest official statistics from the ONS, which revealed there were 56,000 fewer people in work in the UK from August to October 2017 than in May to July 2017, a 2 per cent overall fall in employment.