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Permanent placements in UK increase at slowest pace since last September

Staff Writer |
Growth in permanent staff placements in the UK slowed to its weakest for seven months during April, but was nonetheless solid overall.

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In contrast, temp billings increased at a sharp and accelerated pace that was the fastest seen in 2017 so far.

The availability of permanent and temporary candidates declined at sharper rates in April, with the former posting the quicker pace of reduction.

Notably, both categories saw the steepest deteriorations in candidate availability for 16 months.

Although growth in permanent starting salaries edged down to a four-month low in April, it remained sharp overall and stronger than the series average.

Meanwhile, hourly pay rates for short-term staff increased at the sharpest pace in 2017 so far.

Vacancies continued to rise markedly in April for both permanent and temporary/contract staff. This was despite growth in demand for both types of staff softening slightly since the previous month.

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