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Recruitment consultants are asked to report whether availability of permanent andtemporary staff has changed on the previous month. An overall indicator of staff availability is also calculated. 

Availability of permanent staff

The availability of candidates to fill permanent roles continued to decline in December. Although remaining sharp, the rate of deterioration eased since November. 

Lower permanent staff availability was recorded across each of the four monitored English regions, with the sharpest drop seen in the Midlands. 

Availability of temp/contract staff

Temporary/contract staff availability fell further at the end of 2015. Although easing from November’s 18-year record, the rate of deterioration remained considerable. 

Mirroring the trend for permanent staff availability, the sharpest reduction in short-term candidate supply was reported by agencies in the Midlands. 

Key permanent staff skills reported in short supply:*

Accountancy/Financial: Accountancy, Audit, Compliance, Credit, Financial Planners, Paraplanners, Payroll, Risk. Blue Collar: HGV Drivers. Construction: Architects, Designers, Estimators, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors. Engineering: Design Engineers, Rail, Revit. Executive/Professional: Business Development, Marketing, Legal, Project Managers. IT/Computing: AX, Business Intelligence, Developers, Digital Marketing, Gaming, IT Security, .Net, SQL, Web. Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers. Secretarial/Clerical: Administrators, PAs, Secretaries, Support Staff. Other: Call Centre, Customer Service, Garment Technologists, Sales, Social Media, Telesales. 

Key temp skills reported in short supply:*

Accountancy/Financial: Accountancy, Audit, Compliance, Risk, Treasury. Blue Collar: Cleaners, HGV Drivers, Shop Floor. Construction: Labourers. Engineering: Architects, Design Engineers, Project Managers, Revit. Hotels/Catering: Chefs. IT/Computing: Java. Nursing/Medical/Care: Care Workers, Nurses. Secretarial/Clerical: PAs, Secretaries. Other: Call Centre, Customer Service, Laboratory Technicians, Telesales. 

*consultants are invited to specify any areas in which they have encountered skill shortages during the last month.