Langley James IT Recruitment Market Review – July: London

 Key points

  • Fastest rise in permanent appointments since March 2010
  • Pay growth remains strong…
  • …driven by strengthening demand and rapidly deteriorating candidate availability

Growth of permanent placements accelerates sharply

July saw growth of permanent placements in the capital accelerate sharply, with the respective seasonally adjusted index climbing for the second month in a row to its highest level since March 2010.

Faster increase in contract billings

Similar to the trend in permanent placements, billing received from the employment of contract staff increased at a faster rate in July, the sharpest in five months. Growth in London also outstripped that seen at the UK level.

Staff Availability

Rapid drop in permanent candidate numbers

The number of candidates available for permanent jobs in London fell at the fastest rate for more than 16-and-a-half years in July. This latest contraction in permanent candidate numbers extended the current sequence of decline to 14 months.

Contract candidate supply falls at record pace

July pointed to another record decrease in contract candidate supply, the third in as many months. The rate of decline on contract candidate availability has accelerated throughout the past five months, and in July remained faster than that recorded at the UK level.


Permanent salaries

Growth of permanent starting salaries in London remained strong during July, having eased only slightly from June’s recent peak. The rate at which starting salaries in the capital increased was broadly in line with that seen across the UK as a whole.

Contract pay rates

Growth in pay rates for contract staff remained appreciably slower than that of permanent staff starting salaries in July and was also down on the pace of increased observed one month earlier. Moreover, London saw a rise in contract pay rates that was below the UK average.


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