Permanent Staff Appointments in N. England Contract for Third Month Running
The North of England registered a decrease in the number of permanent placements during August. That said, the rate of contraction was the slowest in the current three-month sequence.
Temporary staff billings in the North region increased in August. However, the rate of expansion was only
slight, and below the long-run series average. The UK as a whole also registered an expansion in temporary staff billings, and at a slightly faster rate than that seen in the North.
Permanent staff appointments increased in the Midlands and the South, but fell in London. Temporary appointments increased in all surveyed regions, with the Midlands posting a steep expansion.
Demand for permanent staff in the North of England expanded at a modest rate during August that was slower than the UK average. Meanwhile, demand for temporary workers rose at a solid pace in the North that was broadly in line with the pace registered across the UK.
The availability of staff for permanent positions in the North region increased during August. The rate of
expansion was solid, and faster than that recorded in the UK. Whereas in the North the number of candidates for permanent positions increased at a faster rate than in July, for the wider UK the pace of growth was slower.
The availability of contract staff in the North of England increased in August, marking a 24-month sequence of growth. Although steep, the pace of expansion was slower than in July. At the UK level contract staff numbers also increased, but at a moderate pace.
A rise in permanent candidate numbers was also noted in the Midlands and in London. In contrast, the South noted a fall. Temporary candidate availability increased solidly in the Midlands, London and the South.
Permanent staff salaries in the North of England increased for the sixth successive month in August. The pace of increase was modest, but faster than in July. Across the UK as a whole, permanent salaries also increased, but at a slower pace.
Pay rates for contract staff in the North fell during August. The rate of decrease was only slight, and broadly in line with that registered in July. In the UK as a whole, average hourly pay rates for temporary
staff fell marginally for the third consecutive month.
Whereas permanent pay increased in the South and the Midlands, it fell in London. Temporary pay also increased in the Midlands and the South, but decreased solidly in London.