Availability of permanent staff
The availability of candidates to fill permanent job vacancies continued to fall in September. The current period of decline now extends to 17 months. That said, the rate of deterioration eased to the slowest since May. Lower permanent candidate availability was recorded by 45% of panellists, versus around 12% signalling a rise. Permanent candidate availability fell across all four English egions, with the Midlands posting the sharpest reduction.
Availability of temp/contract staff
emporary/contract staff availability fell further in September. The rate of decline was little-changed from August’s marked pace. Mirroring the trend seen for permanent staff, the Midlands posted the steepest reduction in short-term candidate availability.