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Jobs market ends 2014 with a flourish

By: Dave Robbins
21 January 2015

UK Jobs MarketThe UK jobs market – for both temporary and permanent workers – completed a solid 2014 with a strong performance in December. That’s the latest news from the REC/KPMG sponsored Markit Monthly Report on jobs. In fact the market for temps increased at its fastest rate for three months. Demand was at its strongest in the north of England.

The Job Vacancy index fell to a 17-month low in December, reflected by the fact that the number of jobseekers placed into permanent employment quickened. Across the UK the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance fell by 26,900 to 900,100 – the lowest since July 2008. Strongest growth in permanent placements was in the south.

Looking at staff by sector, there was high demand for temps in nursing/care with blue collar workers coming in second. In the permanent world, accountants and finance staff are the skills most wanted. Recruiters also reported that it was becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable candidates for certain skills; driving being a prime example for both temporary and permanent workers.

Commenting on the report, Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG said: “A strong year for the UK jobs market finished with a flourish as temporary roles saw an upswing in popularity. More than one in three recruiters suggest that employees looking for short-term roles are being increasingly spoilt for choice as organisations search for help in an effort to fulfill customer orders.”


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