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Placements Up, Salaries Up!

September 9, 2018

The IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

The latest report indicates a stronger and faster paced expansion in permanent placements compared with the temp market and starting salaries increasing at their second-fastest rate in over three years.

  • Demand for staff remained strong during August. Notably, vacancies expanded at a pace that was only fractionally slower than July’s eight-month record
  • Average starting salaries awarded to newly-placed permanent staff rose at the second-sharpest pace for over three years in August
  • Short-term pay rates also increased strongly, despite the rate of inflation softening from the previous month

The availability of both permanent and temporary candidates declined further in August, with a number of panellists blaming this on the low unemployment rate. While permanent labour supply contracted at a similarly sharp pace to that seen in July, temporary worker availability fell at a slightly softer pace.

* Forces Recruitment Services is a member of the REC.


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