Slowdown in UK Jobs Market Continues

The number of  permanent and job vacancies placed by employers with recruitment agencies increased again in September, but the rate of growth was the weakest since October 2009, according to the latest monthly Report On Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG. 

The survey also found that the number of people placed into permanent jobs during September increased at the slowest rate so far this year.

Commenting on the survey’s findings, Bernard Brown of KPMG said:

“September has seen a further slowdown of the UK jobs market with permanent job appointments rising at the weakest rate for a year. As in previous months engineering, construction and executive staff have been most in demand, an indication of the continuing recovery in the private and manufacturing sector. This is in sharp contrast to the situation in the public sector where many organisations have started redundancy programmes or have at least imposed hiring freezes. For example, the sharp decline in the demand for healthcare professionals comes as a direct result of government cutbacks and efforts to reform the NHS and may be only a sign of things to come.”

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