Key Points on the recruitment market in the North

  • Marked and accelerated upturn in permanent staff appointments
  • Contractor roles rise to weakest extent in 27 month
  • Availability of candidates for permanent jobs declines sharply

Counter offers are now at pandemic levels,
Companies are recognising the cost of replacing staff especially if they are already below headcount and will go out of their way to try and keep them. If a candidate you are interviewing is currently in a role expect them to receive a counter offer.  At Langley James we cater for this and ensure the candidates we put forward are motivated to actually change their roles even if they are counter offered before we submit them.

Tom Hadley the REC Director of policy commented
“For employers, the challenge is to stay ahead of the competition to maintain and enhance your workforce. This is about more than just pay, it is about providing progression opportunities and a positive workplace culture. As recruitment gets harder the only solution for employers is to get better at attracting and retaining the right skills and staff.”

Staff Appointments

Marked rise in permanent staff placements
Recruitment consultancies in the North of England reported another upturn in the number of staff placed in permanent positions during April, marking a five-year sequence of uninterrupted growth. Furthermore, after having eased in each of the previous two months, the rate of expansion picked up at the start of the second quarter.

Contractor roles growth slows
Jobs data for April signalled a sixty-ninth successive monthly increase in Contractor roles across the North of England. That said, the pace of expansion was modest overall, having slowed to the weakest since January 2016. The rise was also much softer than both the long-run series average and that seen across the UK as a whole.

Job vacancies
Permanent and temporary vacancies continued to rise in the North of England during April.  Rates of expansion eased in both cases, however, and were weaker than those seen at the national level.

Staff Availability

Permanent candidate supply falls further
Continuing the trend that began in February 2013, the number of candidates willing to undertake full-time employment in the North of England decreased in April. Although sharp, the rate of reduction eased slightly since March and was softer than the UK average.

Contractor availability deteriorates for fifty-fifth month running
Contractor supply in the North of England declined in April, thereby stretching the current sequence of reduction to 55 months. Around one-in-four panellists reported worse contractor availability, versus 8% that saw an improvement. The overall decrease was the weakest in three months and slower than noted at the UK level.

Key IT permanent staff skills reported in short supply:
Automation Testers, DevOps, GDPR, IT, IT Security, Java Developers, .Net Developers, Software Developers, Technology, UI/UX

Key IT Contractors in skills reported in short supply:
Automation Testers, CAD Technicians, DevOps, GDPR, Java Developers, UI/ UX


Permanent Salaries
As has been the case on a monthly basis for over six years, salaries awarded to newly-placed permanent staff in the North of England rose during April. Despite easing since March, the rate of salary inflation remained above its long-run trend. The pace of increase also matched the UK average

Contract pay rates
Contractor pay rates in the North of England increased at the quickest rate in six months during April. The upturn was marked overall and quicker than the average over the twentyand-a-half year survey history. That said, rises in Contractor rates outpaced the one registered in the North of England in each of the other four regions tracked by the survey.

About Langley James

Langley James was founded in 1999 by James Toovey, a highly respected recruitment industry professional.  James wanted to provide something unique: a bespoke recruitment service which was founded on service excellence.  With offices in London and Chester, we are now providing our recruitment services throughout the world and over the last 18 years have worked with some of the most respected companies.

The average time form taking a role…

  • and Delivering a Qualified Shortlist of Candidates          3 days
  • and First Confirmed Interview                                             5 days 
  • and Confirmed Placement                                                     8 days

To find out why so many companies turn to Langley James for support in fulfilling their IT recruitment needs, call and speak to one of our specialist consultants today on 01244 566442.