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REC CEO Kevin Green says:
“This is another month of growth for both temporary and permanent jobs, in all regions, in all sectors and now across both the private, and public sectors. The real good news for workers is that starting salaries have risen at the sharpest rate in 6 years - however this is the result of a six year low in the availability of staff to fill the number of jobs available. The skills shortage shows no signs of abating and although it is starting to drive wages up there is a real danger that it could cause serious damage to future economic growth in the UK.
Recruiters are also telling us that the hiring process is starting to pick up speed as employer confidence returns, which should lead to greater fluidity returning to the jobs market and greater opportunities for those looking to enter the jobs market or make the next step up in their career.”
Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG, comments:
“For those who have set government policy the latest figures are great news, with higher numbers of job opportunities emerging alongside the sharpest increase in permanent wages for 6 years, as demand continues to strengthen. Whilst this is a sure sign of economic recovery, we must not get complacent because, in the higher earning bracket, left unchecked wage inflation will bring different challenges to businesses who strive for profitable growth.
Another question that must be addressed revolves around whether increasing salaries are enough to entice job hunters to move between organisations. All the evidence suggests not, with permanent and temporary staff availability falling in recent months. It means employers cannot rely on wages alone as a hook to attract top talent. The time has come for them to develop a raft of offers as part of the overall remuneration package. If they fail to do so, they will struggle to recruit and bring their organisation back to pre-downturn levels.”