By Suzi Dixon, Community Editor, Bond Williams. What do you think? Tweet us @bondwilliamsrec
The ‘war for talent’ is very much on – how is your firm placed to compete? The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published this week – shows permanent placements are up but qualified candidate numbers are down, making it more difficult for HR departments to fill the top jobs. Growth of job vacancies was at a similar pace to that recorded in August, which was the fastest for more than six years.
In fact, demand for staff is at a three-year high. REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “Roles in engineering and IT are in ever-increasing demand as recruiters struggle to source the talent that businesses need to succeed. However more roles, such as sales and digital marketing, have been added to this growing list in the last couple of months and show no signs of disappearing.
“The war for talent in growth sectors is driving starting salaries to increase at the fastest pace in two years.”
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Temporary placements also increased at a sharp rate, according to the report, with growth close to the 15-year high seen in August.
Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG, added: “[These] figures reveal permanent placements enjoying their highest growth rates for over two years and temporary roles being filled at the quickest pace since Christmas. Perhaps the sun has finally come out to shine on the jobs market and economy at large?”
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