Report on Jobs May 2012

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The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs were published today and some of the key findings show that permanent staff placements increased in April, continuing the trend seen since the start of 2012. However, the rate of growth was modest and the slowest since January. Higher placements were supported by a further solid increase in demand for staff.

The April data pointed to a slight deterioration in the availability of candidates for permanent jobs, bringing an end to the previous 14-month sequence of growth. Temporary/contract staff availability was still on the rise, albeit at the weakest rate for almost a year.

Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG comments:

“The job market mirrors the frustration of April showers spilling into May. At first glance it is encouraging to see permanent job opportunities continue to improve, but there has also been a sharper decline in temporary placements.”

Permanent staff salaries were generally flat in April, posting a fractional fall on the month. Hourly rates of pay for temporary/contract staff were up modestly.

View the latest ‘Report on Jobs‘ here