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Demand for engineering and construction staff cooled in September.
The September jobs survey by Markit, reported that Permanent Placements by Recruiters increased at its weakest pace for five months.
Demand for contract engineers also cooled with demand rising at its slowest rate for 8months.
Whilst there was increased demand in the Construction sector for staff; the report again showed that the sector performed poorly compared to other employment sectors.
Key points from the September survey:
Permanent placements rise at weakest pace for five months...
Candidate shortages continue to drive up pay rates
Kevin Green, REC Chief Executive was reported as saying:
“Recruiters are finding it even harder to find people to fill vacancies.
Candidate availability has been falling for the past four years and the record high UK employment rate plus a slowdown in the number of EU nationals coming to work here is exacerbating the situation, potentially leaving roles unfilled."
The Report on Jobs is a monthly publication produced by Markit and sponsored by the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and KPMG LLP.