09.12.10

Recruitment Picks Up

Recruitment activity picked up again in the UK in November.  There was a strong rise in the number of people going into permanent jobs and demand for staff also increased, albeit at the slowest rate for just over a year.

According to the latest monthly Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, recruitment consultants saw the strong rises in both permanent placements and billings for temporary staff during November.  This followed a sustained slowdown in growth over recent months.

The availability of staff to fill job vacancies continued to rise in November. The latest increases in permanent and temp staff availability were the strongest in eight and eleven months respectively.

Bernard Brown, of KPMG commented:

“This is very encouraging news, with the data suggesting that a turning point for the UK jobs market may have been reached as employers across the board are recruiting more people. Confidence among employers is clearly growing as many firms now look to growth in 2011.”

“Whilst government cuts are yet to bite hard in the public sector, the private sector shows resilience in these turbulent times. It remains to be seen whether this trend will continue - but if it does, it would suggest that some of the large scale unemployment worries may not materialise.”

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