Job market activity remains uncertain in April

Job market activity remains uncertain in April - C&M Travel Recruitment
Uncertainty regarding the jobs market lead permanent staff placements to fall marginally last month, according to a new report.

This is the third fall of the year so far, although the rate of decline eased considerably from March's 32-month record, with Brexit being widely sighted as a considerable negative factor on hiring decisions.

However, the UK Report on Jobs from KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) also found that temporary job placements rose strongly due to reports of healthy demand for short-term staff.

Overall vacancy numbers rose in April but the rate of growth dipped again to record the weakest increase since August 2012.

The report found that Brexit uncertainty was also affecting candidates, with many choosing to remain in their current roles rather than look for new job opportunities. This caused staff availability to decline again last month albeit at a softer rate than in March.

The lack of candidates in the market contributed to big increases in pay for both temporary and permanent jobs.

Speaking about the report, Neil Carberry, Chief Executive at the REC, said: "There are signs that the jobs market is gently weakening for permanent roles, despite ongoing issues of skills and candidate shortages. This too is likely to be associated with uncertainty about the future path of our economy.

"We should be proud of how our jobs market has adapted to challenging circumstances. Resolving Brexit will bring some certainty, but we must also take bold steps to fix the underlying problems suggested by these figures, including reforming the apprenticeship levy to allow training for agency workers so that they can fill shortage roles."

Meanwhile, it was announced last month that Canadian Affair had tripled its sales team by creating two new senior travel jobs.

Stephanie Robertson will be the tour operator's new Travel Trade Sales Executive and will target Northern England from her base in Manchester, while Helen Tate will be based in Devon and will cover sales across South West England.

By Owen Mckeon