by Ashley Curtis on May 9, 2013

posted on boyce recruitment updates,

Permanent placements increase for seventh successive month, claims REC

The number of people placed in permanent positions has increased for a seventh successive month, according to a new report cited by freshbusinessthinking.com.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs highlighted the aforementioned statistic, with the rate of growth accelerating since March. Private sector employees saw ‘growth of demand’, with the faster expansion reported for permanent staff.

However, when it comes to salary, there was an easing in the rate of inflation, marking the slowest rise since last November. Temp pay growth also eased during the month, adds cityam.com.

In addition, there was a modest rise in those placed in permanent jobs in London, while the Midlands saw the strongest rate of permanent placements growth. Temporary/contract staff billings rose in the Midlands and the North during April, claimed the report.

Kevin Green, chief executive at REC, commented on the figures: “Demand in the economy is returning, slowly but surely. Businesses are feeling more confident, hence steady levels of people being placed into permanent jobs and rising starting salaries across the north of England.

“It really is one in the eye for the naysayers who talk down our labour market and dismiss improving employment figures as being ‘the wrong kind of jobs’,” he added.