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Engineering Jobs Market - November 2016

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Growth in staff appointments accelerates in November 

The jobs survey by Markit has reported that demand for permanent staff in both the Engineering and Construction sectors continued to increase in November. Engineering maintained its top spot in the table for permanent hires with demand at its highest for over 12months.

Key points from the November survey:

  • Permanent placements growth reaches twelve-month high

  • Demand for contract staff continues

  • 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;

“The jobs market is ending the year on a high with appointments and vacancies at levels not seen since February. All parts of the UK recruiters are reporting increasing demand, so clearly businesses continue to seek growth in their workforces.

“The main concern as we look forward to 2017 is an increasing skills shortage. The UK employment rate is at a record high and jobs are going unfilled in key areas such as engineering where employers require large numbers of engineers to Deliver infrastructure projects.”

“In the longer term, improving hiring and training of young people via apprenticeships will help to ensure that employers develop a pipeline of people with the required skills. But there is an immediate need which must be met now so that businesses can thrive”.

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