UK recruitment activity on the rise says Report on Jobs

The latest KPMG and REC’s UK Report on Jobs has found an increase in recruitment activity with the reopening of more parts of the economy.

Other key findings:

  • Permanent placements and temporary worker billings have both risen sharply, although pay for both perms and temps is dampened
  • Vacancies have expanded for the first time since February
  • The numbers of candidates continue to rise with the flow of redundancies.

The report says that permanent placement growth was the strongest for nearly two years. Temp billings expanded at the quickest rate since the end of 2018. The upturns were widely linked to the reopening of the UK economy and the recommencement of projects following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Data was collected between 11 and 24 September.

The report is compiled by IHS Markit from responses to questionnaires sent to a panel of around 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies.

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