The latest report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG, has shown that contractors continued to experience a demand during December 2012.
The REC/KPMG Report on Jobs found that the Nursing/Medical/Care sectors remained the most in demand category of temporary staff in December, with growth holding steady on November’s strong pace.
Higher vacancy levels were also recorded for all other monitored groups, such as engineering and construction and IT and computing, which came third and fifth in the contractor demand league table. However, the Executive/Professional sector did see just a slight reduction in demand.
REC chief executive Kevin Green explained that there has now been five consecutive months of growth in temporary job placements. He said, “It’s another milestone for the UK labour market, which hasn’t seen a full quarter of simultaneous increases in both temp and permanent job placements since mid-2011.
“It’s also further confirmation of the continued strength of our flexible labour market in keeping people in employment.”
Mr Green added, “The picture for 2013 is likely to be similar to 2012, and we expect the labour market to yet again outperform the sluggish economic growth in the UK.
“Employers are confident in their own businesses, if not the economy as a whole, and know they have to retain or recruit talent in order to have a competitive advantage.”
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