The latest Report on Jobs from KPMG and the REC has revealed that engineers and healthcare professionals were the most in-demand contractor workers in April, with the number of vacancies across all job types continuing to accelerate. The vacancy figures for permanent staff mirrored contractor demand, with engineering and nursing topping the list.

The report also found that a continuing shortage of candidates is driving increased pay levels, with April experiencing the fastest salary growth for permanent workers since July 2007.

Although many have claimed the UK’s recovery is South East led – with London and the home counties accounting for the majority of economic growth – the KPMG report found that the Midlands and North posted the strongest growth in permanent jobs in the month, with the South actually experiencing the slowest increase nationally.

Permanent staff remain in high demand, and although temps and contract workers are also experiencing increased interest, salaried staff remain the most sought-after group.

The REC once again used the increasing demand for skilled workers as an opportunity to highlight the Government’s failure to plug the skills gap. CEO Kevin Green said:

“Recruiters continue to place more people in work as the jobs market accelerates. However the jobs market could be jeopardised with thousands of employers not able to find the skills and talent they need to meet increasing demand.

“The number of candidates available to fill both temporary and permanent jobs is falling at its fastest rate in a decade. In response to this employers are bumping up starting salaries to entice workers they need to join them.

“This dearth of skilled workers means that many organisations will need to improve their candidate experience and also look overseas to find people. The government must do more to support businesses by ensuring that the visa process does not act as a barrier to growth.”
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