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Availability of permanent staff 

The availability of candidates for permanent roles continued to deteriorate in April. The latest fall was the sharpest since last November, with around 41% of panellists reporting lower availability versus 9% noting
an improvement.

Midlands-based agencies registered the steepest reduction in permanent candidate availability. 

Availability of temp/contract staff

The rate of decline in temporary/contract staff availability remained marked in April. Panellists reported that skill shortages were evident for a range of occupations.

Temporary/contract staff availability was down in each of the four English regions, with the sharpest drop indicated in the Midlands. 

Key permanent staff skills reported in short supply:

Accountancy/Financial: Accounts, Audit, Compliance, Finance, Risk, Treasury. Blue Collar: Drivers, Semi-skilled Machine Operatives. Construction:Estimators, Quantity Surveyors, Site Managers. Engineering: Automotive, CAD, Engineers.

Executive/Professional: Management, Marketing, Media Solicitors. Hotels/Catering: Chefs. IT/Computing: Business Analysts, C++, Developers, Digital, Java, Linux, .Net, PHP, Sharepoint, SQL.Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Nurses. Secretarial/Clerical: Admin, Junior Office, PAs. Other: Estate Agents, Export, Sales, Teachers.

Key temp skills reported in short supply:

Accountancy/Financial: Audit, Compliance, Treasury. Blue Collar: Bricklayers, Drivers, Electricians, Forklift, Joiners, Machine Operatives. Engineering:Aerospace, Automotive, Engineers. IT/Computing: Business Intelligence, Digital, Java, PHP, SQL. Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers.Secretarial/Clerical: Admin, PAs. Other: Sales, Teachers, Telemarketers.