Recruiters saw a slight increase in the pace of growth of permanent placements in January, according to February’s Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)/KPMG ‘Report on Jobs’.
The report, released this morning and based on a survey of more than 600 employers carried out in January, also showed billings for temporary/contract staff rose at their slowest pace in four months.
Availability of staff for both permanent and temporary/contract roles continued to decline in January. Rates of contraction remained marked but eased to their slowest pace for 12 and three months respectively.
The Midlands saw the fastest rise in placements during January, closely followed by the North. London continued to see the slowest growth.
All four monitored English regions saw an increased number of short-term staff billings in January, with the Midlands seeing the strongest rate of expansion.
Sector-wise, nursing/medical/care topped demand for permanent roles, while blue-collar workers topped demand for temporary workers.