Key points

  • Further marked increases in permanent placements and contracts
  • Salaries for permanent hires rises at sharpest rate in six months
  • Candidate availability tightens further

Staff placements continue to rise strongly…
March highlighted further marked growth of recruitment activity across the UK.  Permanent staff placements rose at a range unchanged from February’s considerable pace, while contract billings growth was only slightly slower than the five-month high recorded in the preceding period.

…supported by robust demand for staff
Vacancies rose to a five-month high in March, signalling strong demand for staff.  Marked rates of expansion were indicated for both permanent and short-term workers.

Salary growth fastest in six months…
Average starting salaries for people placed in permanent job roles increased further in March.  The latest increase was the strongest since last September.  Daily rates of pay for contract staff rose at a robust pace, albeit slower than in February.

…amid falling candidate availability
The availability of staff to fill vacancies continued to decline in March.  The latest drop in permanent candidate supply was the sharpest in four months, while contractor availability deteriorated at the fastest pace since last October.

Permanent IT staff skills in short supply –
Business Analysts, C#, Developers, Helpdesk, Java, .Net, SharePoint, SQL, Web.

IT Contractor staff skills in short supply – Business Analysts, Developers, Java, .Net, SharePoint, SQL.


Staff appointments

Further marked increase in permanent placements
March signalled continued growth in the number of people placed in permanent job roles.  The rate of expansion remained unchanged from February’s robust pace.  Our consultants attributed higher placements to increased confidence and business activity levels at clients.  The strongest of this growth was in the Midlands and the South.

Contract billings continue to rise strongly
Contract placements increased further in March.  The rate of growth remain strong, despite easing slightly from February’s five-month high.  Increased client workloads have underpinned this latest growth.  The fastest increase being in the Midlands.



Vacancy growth quickens to five-month high
Permanent vacancies rose at the fastest rate in five months, whereas contractor demand increased at a slightly slower pace compared to February.

Private sector demand for staff remained stronger than that in the public sector during March.  Private sector permanent vacancies registered the sharpest increase overall.


Staff Availability

Availability of permanent staff
The availability of candidates to fill permanent job vacancies continued to deteriorate in March.  Moreover, the latest fall was the sharpest since last November.  The sharpest drop was indicated in the Midlands.

Availability of contract staff
Contract staff availability continued to fall further in March, with the rate of decline accelerating to the sharpest since last October.  The Midlands led the broad-based reduction in short-term staff availability.



Permanent salaries
Average starting salaries for people placed in permanent rose further in March.  A combination of strong demand for staff and shortages of suitable candidates underpinned higher salaries.  The Midlands saw the sharpest increase in salaries during March, closely followed by the South.

Contract pay rates
Daily rates of pay for contractors continued to rise in March.  As was the case with permanent salaries, the strongest rise in contract pay was recorded in the Midlands during March.


About Langley James

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