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UK — 19 months high of temporary staffing placement index

09 December 2009

The latest monthly Report on Jobs produced by Markit Economics and sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG shows that the index of temporary staffing placements increased in November 2009 to a 19-month high of 56.1 from 52.4 in the previous month of this year.

The monthly survey, which features data collected from a panel of 400 UK recruitment and employment agencies also reveals that permanent job placements grew at their fastest pace in 28 months to an index of 61.7 in November from 55.6 in October.

Growth of demand for temporary and contract staff was broad-based across eight industry sectors in November. Engineering workers were the most in demand closely followed by secretarial/clerical employees, IT and computing, nursing, financial, hotel and catering, executive/professional and blue collar workers.

REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green, said "this is very positive news. Employers in nearly all sectors are lifting recruitment freezes and starting to hire again."

However, hourly pay for temporary and contract staff fell for a 14th successive month in November, even though the latest reduction was the smallest in that sequence. Anecdotal evidence suggested that high levels of candidate availability continued to place downward pressure on pay.



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