Hiring Trends - Job Report for March 2019

Hiring Trends - Job Report for March 2019

KPMG and REC UK Report on Jobs Summary – April 2019

Summarised findings from throughout March 2019 published in the REC Report on Jobs Summary.

“After months of bucking the UK trend and carrying on regardless amid Brexit uncertainty, it seems businesses in the South have pressed the ‘on hold’ button when it comes to hiring staff.


This March saw temporary hires drop for the first time since 2013, with permanent hires seeing their biggest drop since July 2016. No doubt businesses expected some clarity at the end of March and put hiring on hold for a short while.


Unfortunately, nobody got the certainty they were after. This shows that it’s even more critical than a solution to Brexit is found before the uncertainty itself further impacts our local economy and opportunities.’  Ian Brokenshire, Senior Partner at KPMG Plymouth.


‘We have a fantastic labour market that has delivered high employment and flexibility for workers because it helps companies meet their needs easily. It’s a British success story. But Brexit uncertainty has put the brakes on.

With business investment rates poor, and little certainty about the path ahead, today’s data shows that the time for political game-playing is over – this situation is beginning to affect people’s daily lives as permanent staff appointments fell, and a growth of temporary jobs and starting salaries weakened.’ Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Neil Carberry


Key Points form the March Survey:

  • Permanent staff appointments decline during March
  • Temp billings fall for the first time since April 2013
  • Accelerated decline in permanent candidate supply
  • Temp worker availability falls at softest pace for seven months


The skills shortages reported within Accountancy/Finance permanent roles during March 2019 are:

  • Accountants
  • Accounts
  • Auditors
  • Bookkeepers
  • Estimators
  • Finance
  • IFAs
  • Taxation
  • Wealth Advisors


The skills shortages reported within Accountancy/Finance temporary roles during March 2019 are:

  • Accountants
  • Accounts
  • Cost Management
  • Credit Controllers
  • Finance
  • Financial Controllers
  • Financial Services
  • Payroll


 Click here for more information on the REC and KPMG April 2019 Report on Jobs Summary

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