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Staff appointments in UK continue to rise at solid pace

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February data pointed to a further increase in permanent staff placements in the UK.

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The rate of expansion quickened slightly, reaching a three-month high. Temp billings meanwhile rose at the same pace as in January.

The Markit/REC Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

The level of available job vacancies continued to rise in February. The rate of growth was marked and the fastest in six months. Demand for permanent staff continued to show a stronger trend than that for temps.

The availability of staff for both permanent and temporary/contract roles continued to decline in February. However, rates of decline eased in each case to the slowest in at least two years.

Starting salaries for successful permanent candidates rose at the fastest pace in three months during February. However, temp pay growth eased, hitting a 33-month low.

Permanent placements rose across all four monitored English regions, with the Midlands posting the fastest increase. The slowest growth was reported in London.

The Midlands led a broad-based increase in shortterm billings, with the slowest growth indicated in the South.

Private sector vacancies continued to register a stronger trend than public sector roles in February. The sharpest rise was seen for private sector permanent employees. By contrast, public sector permanent staff recorded only a marginal increase in demand.

Nursing/Medical/Care remained the most in-demand category for permanent staff during February, with Engineering in second place. The slowest growth was indicated for workers in the Hotel & Catering sector.

Demand growth was broad-based for all nine types of temporary/contract staff in February. Nursing/Medical/Care was the most sought-after category, mirroring the trend seen for permanent staff.

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