Britain’s job market was boosted in April thanks to a rise in both temporary and permanent staff placements, recruiter.co.uk reports.
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG’s most recent ‘Report on Jobs’ found that April saw month-on-month growth in permanent staff placement, although figures failed to match February’s peak. At the same time, it was found that the number of applicants vying for each job has declined, with increasing numbers opting to stay in their current role rather than move on to pastures new.
As a result of these opposing trends, jobseekers could be rewarded with higher wages, as companies start to offer better salaries in the hope of attracting the best talent.
There was also good news for jobseekers on the lookout for temporary positions, as this too rose at a ‘robust’ pace during April. The REC did note, however, that the rise was at its lowest pace since June 2013.
Commenting on the results, REC CEO Kevin Green told rec.uk.com: “Recruiters continue to place more people in work as the jobs market accelerates.
“However, the jobs market could be jeapordised with thousands of employers not able to find the skills and talent they need to meet increasing demand. The number of candidates available to fill both temporary and permanent jobs is falling at its fastest rate in a decade. In response to this employers are bumping up starting salaries to entice workers they need to join them.”