by Laura Varley on November 8, 2013

posted on boyce recruitment updates,

Recruitment and wages on the up

October saw a growth in staff demand in both permanent and temporary placements – plus a rise in wages, a new report has revealed.

According to freshbusinessthinking.com, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG’s latest joint report revealed that the need for staff rose at its fastest pace since 2007.

Furthermore, all monitored job sectors saw a rise in demand for permanent roles and temporary roles, within both the private and public sectors.

Vacancies and starting job salaries were at their highest levels since the recession for permanent staff, too, reports reuters.com. Temporary staff pay rose as well, but at its slowest pace in four months.

All four regions of England saw a rise in job vacancies and firms in the Midlands had the highest demand for staff.

REC CEO, Kevin Green, warned that the skills shortage across a number of sectors is still a big problem for the UK: “This is another month of growth for both temporary and permanent jobs, in all regions, in all sectors and now across both the private and public sectors.

“The real good news for workers is that starting salaries have risen at the sharpest rate in six years – however this is the result of a six year low in the availability of staff to fill the number of jobs available.”