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  • Improved Rights For Agency Workers

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Recruitment growing at its strongest pace

19 March 2012


REC/KPMG report shows recruitment is growing at its strongest pace since May 2011.

A growth of permanent staff placements was recorded for the second month running in February, and at the strongest pace since last May, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today.

Overall demand for staff rose at the fastest pace in four months during February, as a sharper increase in permanent vacancies offset a slower expansion of temp vacancies. Sector data showed that IT and computing was the most in-demand permanent staff type, while engineering/construction was the most sought-after temp category.

Kevin Green chief executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: "The labour market is clearly improving as this month's Report on Jobs shows the strongest performance on permanent placements for nine months. Private sector employers are becoming more confident as the gloom, caused by a slowing economy late last year and fears about the Eurozone, recedes.

The temporary market has shown a slight decline since January and is essentially flat at present. However, agency work continues to provide an important outlet for employers and jobseekers with over a million temporary workers placed on assignments in any given week. "We are seeing high demand in professional roles such as IT, engineering, legal and HR and chefs continue to be in demand within the hospitality sector. The other sector which seems buoyant is nursing, medical and care".

Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG added: "The latest report raises hopes of a Spring revival in the jobs market with a second successive monthly rise in the number of people securing permanent roles and the data also indicating that February saw the rate of growth accelerating to a nine-month high. There may be signs that the market is displaying early signs of recovery.

Yet cautious optimism must remain the watchwords because the picture is not as rosy for temporary positions. Of course, the reduction in contract placements may yet be related to the Agency Workers Regulations, but without buoyancy in both the permanent and temporary markets it is still too early to unfurl the bunting".