Permanent staff appointments in UK increase at weakest pace for four months
That said, the pace of expansion was the softest seen in 2018 so far.
In contrast, growth of temp billings picked up from March’s 13-month low.
Candidate availability for both permanent and temporary roles declined further at the start of the second quarter.
Furthermore, the rates of reduction quickened to three- and five-month records, respectively.
Growth of overall job vacancies picked up to a threemonth high in April.
Permanent staff demand grew at a sharper pace compared to the previous month, while short-term staff vacancies expanded at a slightly softer (but still marked) pace.
Starting salaries for permanent workers continued to rise sharply in April, with the rate of inflation picking up from March.
Concurrently, rates of pay for contract/temporary staff rose to the greatest extent for two years.
The Midlands registered the strongest rise in permanent staff appointments in April, while the weakest was seen in London.
Scotland continued to record the steepest increase in temp billings when comparing all five monitored UK regions, while the North of England recorded the slowest.
Recruitment consultancies indicated that private sector demand for staff continued to rise in April, with growth of both permanent and temporary vacancies picking up since March.
Demand was also higher in the public sector, with steeper increases in vacancies signalled for both permanent and temporary staff.
That said, rates of growth continued to lag behind those seen for private sector staff.
The vast majority of monitored job categories registered higher permanent staff vacancies during April.
The steepest rates of growth were registered across the Engineering and IT & Computing sectors.
Retail was the only category to record lower demand for permanent workers.
Blue Collar and Engineering were the most indemand categories for temporary workers during April.
Nonetheless, all of the remaining job sectors noted higher temp staff vacancies.
The slowest growth was signalled for construction. ■