Langley James IT Recruitment Market Review –September

Key Points

  • Permanent placements rise at slowest rate in ten months
  • Growth in starting salaries moderates to four-month low
  • Temp pay rises at fastest pace in nearly seven years

Slower rise in permanent placements…

Recruitment consultants signalled a further increase in permanent staff placements during September. Although strong, the rate of growth eased to a ten-month low.

…but temp billings increase at faster rate

Agencies’ temporary/contract staff billings rose at a strong and accelerated pace in September. The latest expansion was the seventeenth in as many months.

Candidate availability falls further…

Tight candidate availability persisted in September, with marked declines in both permanent and temporary staff supply signalled.

…maintaining upward pressure on pay

Growth of permanent staff salaries remained strong in September, despite easing to a four-month low. Hourly pay rates for temporary/contract workers rose at the fastest pace since November 2007.

Permanent IT staff skills in short supply – Business Intelligence, Java, .Net, SQL, PHP, Programmers, Project Managers

IT Contractor staff skills in short supply – Business Intelligence, Developers, Java, Linux, .Net, SQL


Staff Appointments

Slowest rate in ten months

Although growth of permanent staff placements remained marked in September, the pace of expansion eased to a ten-month low. Anecdotal evidence pointed to shortages of candidates for certain types of role and, in some cases, slower client decision-making. However, demand was generally reported to remain strong, underpinned by robust client confidence.

Further marked rise in temp billings

Agencies’ billings from the employment of temporary/contract staff increased further in September. The rate of expansion was strong, and above that signalled in August. Panellists widely commented on increased client activity levels.



Identical rates of growth were signalled for permanent and temporary workers during the latest survey period.

Demand for staff rose at a considerably stronger pace in the private sector than the public sector during September.

The fastest growth rate was indicated for private sector temporary vacancies, while the slowest rise was signalled for public sector short-term roles.


Demand for staff by sector

Permanent staff – Demand for IT staff increased to position 2 in September, with Engineering taking top spot.

Contract staff – Demand for IT contractors rose from position 8 to 4.


Staff Availability

Availability of Permanent Staff

The availability of candidates to fill permanent job vacancies continued to fall in September. The current period of decline now extends to 17 months

Availability of Contract Staff

Temporary/contract staff availability fell further in September. The rate of decline was little-changed from August’s marked pace.



Permanent Salaries

Starting salaries for people placed in permanent jobs continued to rise in September. The Midlands recorded the fastest increase in salaries during September

Contracts Pay Rates

Temporary/contract staff hourly pay rates rose further in September.


About Langley James

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