The Report on Jobs is a monthly publication sponsored by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG. It features original data which pr0vides the most up-to-date monthly picture of recruitment, employment, staff availability and employee earnings.

The key points from the August survey:

  • Demand for staff increases at fastest pace since April 1998
  • Growth of staff appointments remains marked, despite easing
  • Candidate shortages fuel strong pay growth

REC CEO Kevin Green commented on the report:

“It’s more great news for people looking for work this month, as we see more people being placed into jobs across all regions and sectors including construction, IT and engineering. The jobs market is often criticised for being London-centric but our data shows that rates of growth for both permanent starting salaries and temp pay rates are faster in the South, Midlands and North this month. Recruiters tell us that the driver behind this increase is the competition to attract and retain the skilled people outside London.

“While immigration has increased according to government figures, this clearly has had little impact on the jobs market. As skills shortages increase and employers struggle to find the people they need, politicians from all parties should focus on ensuring that we have a visa and immigration regime that supports UK businesses.”