Availability of Permanent Staff
The availability of candidates to fill permanent job vacancies fell further in August, according to recruitment consultants. The rate of decline remained considerable, despite easing to the slowest in three months. More than half of panellists signalled a fall in permanent staff availability, compared with just 7% that indicated a rise.
Permanent staff availability decreased in all four English regions during August, with the sharpest reduction indicated in the Midlands.
Availability of temp/contract Staff
Temp staff availability continued to fall in August. The latest drop was the fourteenth in successive months. That said, the rate of decline eased slightly to the slowest since May.
Temp availability declined in each of the four English regions, with the Midlands posting the sharpest reduction.