Recruitment agencies still seeing demand for staff

Despite the poor economic conditions, the job market is still seeing a rise in demand for staff, as recruitment agencies see the benefits, according to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) report.

Demand for permanent staff improved at its best level for 18 months, whilst places for temporary staff saw an increase not seen since February.

Sectors with the highest demand for workers were the Engineering & Construction and IT sectors, with the weakest demand coming from the Healthcare and Hospitality sectors.

Kevin Green, REC’s CEO explained, “We have now had two years of continuous growth and employers are still continuing to hire staff, albeit not in the numbers needed to radically reduce unemployment.”

There were further warnings in the report claiming employers are still erring on the side of caution when considering hiring staff due to the UK’s GDP growth falling below government targets, as well as the cutbacks being seen across public sector and the fall in real wages.

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