A recent report has shown that professional job opportunities were up month-on-month in June, this is despite job cuts announcements from John Lewis, Boots, and Rolls Royce.
These findings, from APSCo’s latest monthly Recruitment Trends Snapshot report, highlight the major skills divide in the labour market.
The data, provided by growth analytics platform, cube19, also revealed that while year-on-year hiring is down 46% across permanent and 36% in contract, these figures represent a smaller annual decrease when compared to May when these figures stood at -66% and -56% respectively.
Self-employed workers will be pleased to learn that contract vacancies increased by 31%, marking the first positive signs for professional recruitment since the crisis began.
Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo (The Association of Professional Staffing Companies) commented, “The monthly increases across vacancies, placements and interviews are certainly encouraging for white collar workers as we finally begin to see glimmers of positivity in the UK market.”
Joe McGuire of cube19, added, “We can see some positive signs that the recovery is in motion. Vacancies, jobs and sales are all up from May, and it is encouraging to see that average perm salaries are continuing to increase. With more industries opening back up and lockdown easing, we hope to see this upward trend continue on the same trajectory. It will take some time to get back to pre-COVID levels, but there is a big opportunity for the recruitment industry during these times.”
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