The regular, monthly report on the state of the Scottish and UK recruitment market, from Markit and the REC (and RBS in Scotland) is always worth reading, principally because it provides an objective snapshot (as opposed to some of the doom and gloom in the mainstream press) of the state of the industry. By extension, that means it also gives our candidates and clients a good perspective on the ease or difficulty with which they will be able to recruit or find a job.
Across the UK as a whole, the good news continues:
However, from the perspective of recruiters and employers at least, there are the following problems:
It’s interesting to note that across Scotland as a whole, although the rate of growth in temp jobs slowed, it’s still very healthy and demand for staff is currently higher than the UK average. For permanent staff, “the pace of expansion was substantial and quickened to a four-month peak.”
Where does this leave us? Well, the Engineering and Construction sector shows a figure of 65.5 for permanent roles (down from 68.6 in September) and 59.7 for temp/contractor roles (down quite a bit from an exceptional 71.7 in September). With any figure over 50 indicating growth, we’re still powering ahead.
Chris Peace, MD, Peace Recruitment