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Engineering Jobs Market News – October 2016

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Stronger growth in October; in both Permanent and Contract hires 

The jobs survey by Markit has reported that demand for permanent staff in both the Engineering and Construction sectors increased in October. Engineering maintained its top spot in the table for permanent hires; followed by IT & Computing.

Key points from the October survey:

  • Permanent placements growth reaches eight-month high

  • Demand for both permanent and temporary candidates at its highest since May

  • Agencies report steeper decline in candidate availability

  • Engineering maintained its top spot in the table in the permanent hiring table

Commenting on the latest survey results, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green is reported as saying ; 

“Despite ongoing uncertainty the UK jobs market is thriving again in most areas of the UK. Job vacancies are back to levels not seen since April, and for the third consecutive month recruiters have reported an increase in the amount of people finding permanent jobs.

“This is a great place to be but there are real threats coming over the hill. Candidate availability has been falling for three and a half years. There are more vacancies than there are people to fill them in many sectors, including engineering and construction

“The government urgently needs to outline a strategy to address employability skills within UK education and promote apprenticeships and other routes into work. 

The Report on Jobs is a monthly publication produced by Markit and sponsored by the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and KPMG LLP.