The latest report on jobs produced by KPMG and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) draws on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.
Starting salaries for people placed in permanent jobs increased strongly in March, with growth picking up to the sharpest since July 2007. However, temporary/contact staff pay increased at the slowest rate in five months.
Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, said that employers are focusing on full-time employment, with more organisations offering contracts for permanent positions than temporary roles over the past month. "The latest data suggests that engineering, construction and IT are the sectors hungriest for talent," he said. "It‟s all good news, but the next step will be for candidates to put themselves forward for the role on offer - something they still seem unwilling to do.”
Demand rose for all nine types of permanent staff in March. The strongest growth was signalled for engineering workers, while the slowest increase was recorded for blue collar employees.