Recruitment slowing a little, REC says

Recruitment throughout Britain has slowed a little, according to the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

However, the availability of high-quality candidates has improved, providing slightly more positive news. Job vacancies did in fact rise throughout the UK, although overall demand was a little lower in September than in previous months.

Both permanent and temporary roles were affected by the decrease in demand, confirmed; but equally, pay for both improved a little throughout the month – meaning it isn’t all bad news. Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, gave his thoughts on the report’s findings.

He told “Employers are being very cautious about hiring at the moment.” However Green did add that in order to combat demand being slightly lower, the REC has taken steps like asking the government to introduce a National Insurance holiday and requesting that the Bank of England Monetary Committee begins quantitative easing again.

The REC believes this could kick-start growth, creating crucial broadcast jobs, admin roles and indeed vacancies in all sectors.

Bernard Brown – whose employer KPMG worked on the report with the REC – didn’t seem too surprised at the mixed bag of results from September’s report. He did praise the “slight growth” seen, but added: “The latest data suggests that surely it’s only a matter of time before we move from a growth position to one of a contracting jobs market.”

by Deborah Bates on October 5, 2011

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