Vacancies at 15-year high as recruitment rises, finds Report on Jobs

The number of vacancies across UK business increased at its fastest pace since July 1998 in November as appointments continued to grow, finds the REC/KPMG Report on Jobs.

This trend tallies with Office for National Statistics data produced in recent months, which put the number of job vacancies at 545,000 in the three months to October.

The monthly survey of 400 recruiters from the industry body and the professional services firm saw the number of people hired in permanent and temporary roles rise again last month, but not as dramatically as seen previously.

As placements continued to rise, the availability of staff for permanent and temporary jobs fell at its quickest rate for six and nine years respectively.

Once again, all industry sectors within the report saw increased recruitment activity, but the major mover month-on-month was the blue-collar sector, becoming the busiest area for temp recruitment, although it was the quietest for permanent roles.

Bernard Brown, a partner at KPMG, comments that the drop in candidate availability will to at least some degree be “a return of the traditional winter slowdown in recruitment, as staff are more focused on Christmas than careers”.

REC chief executive officer Kevin Green adds: “We can expect salaries to increase and job fluidity to accelerate into 2014.”

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