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almost 2 years ago by The REC

REC Report on Jobs - South of England

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Permanent placements increase at quickest rate since December 2018

Key findings

  • Steep increases in both permanent placements and temp billings

  • Candidate supply expands at softer, but still rapid, pace

  • Demand for workers increases for first time since February

Data collected September 11-24


The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs: South of England survey showed that recruitment activity continued to recover in September, with permanent placements and temp billings both expanding sharply. At the same time, demand for staff across the region rose for the first time in seven months, albeit modestly. Recruitment consultancies continued to report a substantial rise in candidate availability, however, amid widespread reports of redundancies. Higher candidate supply and tighter client budgets led to further falls in starting pay, particularly for permanent staff.

The KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs: South of England is compiled by IHS Markit from responses to questionnaires sent to around 150 recruitment and employment consultancies in the South of England.

Click here to read the full report.