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February Recruitment Survey shows that getting the best people remains a challenge.

06 March 2015

The results of the February Recruitment Industry Survey by KPMG to which Badger Associates contributes suggests permanent placements are rising at their fastest pace in four months. Temp billings have increased at their sharpest rate since last September although we are not in that marketplace. Salary growth remains marked.

 Recovery in the job market is gaining real traction, and this should help shore up consumer confidence in the run up to the election. However, while the job market might be booming, demand for staff is by no means universal across the sectors. The recovery is being heavily driven by hiring activity by UK plc, while the public sector anticipates cuts later in the year.

The availability of skilled candidates remains a significant concern and businesses are already fiercely competing to secure top talent. This dynamic is driving significant salary growth in pockets of the market, such as the manufacturing and engineering sectors, where the demand/supply mismatch is particularly prevalent.