THERE’S a ray of hope for jobseekers as new figures show the number of vacancies increased for the first time since February.
Both permanent and temporary jobs increased in September as businesses reopened following the coronavirus lockdown.
It was the biggest monthly increase in staff hiring for two years.
The new findings come from the latest monthly jobs report produced by consultancy firm KPMG, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and IHS Markit which surveys hundreds of recruiters to understand hiring activity.
Hiring activity was recorded as 56 last month – anything over 50 is positive
The biggest growth was seen in the Midlands for both permanent and temporary roles.
Hiring for permanent staff increased everywhere in England apart from London, where there was also a marginal decline in temporary hiring.
IT and computing along with construction and engineering saw the biggest rise in vacancies, while hotel, catering and retail jobs experienced the biggest fall.
A wave of redundancies have been announced in these sectors and Greene King the latest to announce that it will close 79 pubs and axe 800 jobs after the 10pm curfew was introduced.
Driver and warehouse worker were among the fastest growing temporary job vacancies.
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The survey also found pay has been pushed down – the wave of redundancies caused by the pandemic has increased the number of candidates available for work.
Starting salaries for permanent staff fell in August and September and wages for temporary staff fell slightly too.P
Pressure on businesses budgets from the pandemic also contributed to pay falling.
James Stewart, vice chair at KPMG, said: “While it’s encouraging to see a further recovery in hiring activity and that growth in permanent staff appointments was the strongest for almost two years, it’s concerning to see another rapid rise in total candidate availability.
“The Government has got challenging times ahead to continue to offer adequate support to business, opportunities for jobs seekers to upskill while helping instil confidence in the UK workforce.”
But the new scheme and other support measures will not prevent mass job losses, Mr Sunak has said.
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