Articles from Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

Business hiring confidence rallied in early December, despite deepening economic concerns

Employers became more confident in their ability to hire new staff over the past month, despite the onset of more Covid-19 restrictions and growing concern over a no-deal Brexit. That’s according to the latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). 

Job adverts reach new 2020 high in early December, boosting hopes of growth for 2021

Job adverts reach new 2020 high in early December, boosting hopes of growth for 2021

Permanent staff appointments decline for second month running in November

@KPMG and @RECmembers UK Report on Jobs: Modest reduction in permanent placements, but temp billings continue to rise sharply, as redundancies lead to further marked rise in candidate numbers  A further drop in permanent placements across the UK contrasted with a sustained upturn in temp billings in November, according to the latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs survey. Panel members frequently mentioned that staff hiring was dampened by uncertainty related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as well as the renewed lockdown measures in November, with firms often opting for short-term workers for current business needs. Concurrently, overall demand for staff fell solidly, driven by a marked fall in permanent job vacancies. 

REC response to a second National Lockdown from Thursday 5th November

Responding to the announcement that England will re-enter lockdown from Thursday 5th November, Neil Carberry (@RECNeil), Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (@RECPress), said:

Record number of new job adverts posted in mid-September

Nearly 129,000 new job postings last week, the highest number since lockdown, with the total job postings in the UK up to 1.21 million  An increase in adverts for school support roles like crossing patrols, childminders and teachers as more schools and workplaces reopened, with notable growth in south Nottinghamshire and west London, while Scotland faltered.

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