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The labour market showed some signs of a slowdown in December despite an increase in permanent placements and temporary billings, according to the latest report on jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
The rate of job growth regarding both permanent and temporary positions eased in the month.
“It’s concerning to see the pace of recruitment slowing. Job placements may still be moving in the right direction but questions must now be asked about whether the declining rate of growth is indicative of a longer-term problem,” said Bernard Brown, partner at KPMG.
Recruiters reported a rise in temporary billings which was broad-based across England, particularly in the South, while London posted the weakest increase.
Permanent and temporary staff continued to be in demand in both the private and public sector. Nursing/Medical/Care was the most in-demand category of temporary staff in December, followed by secretarial and engineering work. But temporary staff availability was unchanged in December, ending a 56-month period of growth.