The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) says demand for staff has hit a 17-month high, yet employers are struggling to find the staff they need.
According to the Markit/REC Report on Jobs, which provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies, there has been a slower increase in both permanent placements and temp billings, as the availability of permanent candidates has decreased at its fastest pace since September 2016. Despite this, demand for staff has reached a 17-month high
REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says: “Employers are crying out for people to fill vacancies. Recruiters say that fewer candidates are available in all regions, and this is dampening jobs growth.
“If businesses can’t find the people they need they will outsource abroad, automate activity or shut up shop, resulting in fewer jobs available to UK nationals."
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