Availability of permanent staff
The availability of candidates to fill permanent job vacancies continued to deteriorate in March. Moreover, the latest fall was the sharpest since last November. Around 41% of panellists reported lower permanent staff availability, versus 7% that signalled an increase. Each of the four English regions registered reductions in permanent candidate availability, with the sharpest drop indicated in the Midlands.
Availability of temp/contract staff
Temporary/contract staff availability fell further in March, with the rate of decline accelerating to the sharpest since last October. The Midlands led a broad-based reduction in short-term staff availability during the latest survey period.
Key permanent staff skills reported in short supply:
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Compliance, Credit, Finance, Financial Planners, Payroll, Risk, Treasury.
Blue Collar: Cleaners, Drivers, Forklift, Industrial. Construction: Designers, Estimators, Quantity Surveyors. Engineering: Aerospace, Automotive, CAD, Electrical. Executive/Professional: Advertising, Management, Marketing. Hotels/Catering: Chefs. IT/Computing: Business Analysts, C#, Developers, Helpdesk, Java, .Net, Sharepoint, SQL, Web. Nursing/Medical/Care: Carers, Healthcare Assistants. Secretarial/Clerical: General Office, Secretaries. Other: Account Managers, Events, Languages, Reprographics, Sales, Teachers.
Key temp skills reported in short supply:
Accountancy/Financial: Accountants, Audit, Compliance, Credit, Risk, Treasury. Blue Collar: Drivers, Forklift, Industrial, Welders. Construction: Plant Operations. Engineering: Automotive, Electrical, Revit. Executive/Professional: HR, Legal, Marketing. Hotels/Catering: Chefs. IT/Computing: Business Analysts, Developers, Java, .Net, Sharepoint, SQL. Nursing/Medical/Care: Carers, Healthcare Assistants, Homecarers, Medical Secretaries. Secretarial/Clerical: Admin, Legal Secretaries, Office Support, Reception. Other: Reprographics, Sales, Teachers.