The latest KPPG/REC report on jobs has highlighted a number of very interesting changes in the labour market. We are continuing to see very strong growth in the number of permanent vacancies within the Clinical sector with the demand for clinical and nursing staff increasing dramatically. The clinical/nursing sector has seen strong growth in the level of permanent vacancies with most of this growth being in the private sector. The growth in the number of permanent vacancies across the UK is the 2nd strongest since information was first collated in 1997, and interestingly most growth has been in the North of the UK with London and the South East being weakest.
There has also been increased demand for temporary staff in the Clinical/nursing fields which has been higher than the demand on the permanent side. This is in contrast to most other sectors of the UK economy but perhaps reflects the greater amount of project work in this area particularly on the private side.
The knock on effect of this growth in demand is starting to have an effect both in terms of candidate availability, which is diminishing, and salary inflation, as we are starting to see some pressure on salaries and hourly rates, and we expect this to continue over the next few months. However it is worth noting that the level of salary/rate increase is still below the national inflation rate.
Overall this is very positive news for our sectors and we are starting to see a broader range of roles, with much of the growth in the permanent sector.