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Staff shortages are pushing up pay

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The UK labour market is tightening, with employers finding it harder to recruit staff, according to a survey of employment agencies.

The survey says that pay rates for both permanent and temporary staff are rising quickly due to a continuing fall in the number of job applicants.

Last year’s Brexit vote is also driving some EU nationals home, making it harder to fill a wide variety of jobs.

Official figures have shown employment levels in the UK at record highs.

The monthly survey of employment agencies was carried out by market research firm Markit for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

REC chief executive Kevin Green, said: “It’s clear that employers are having to work even harder to fill jobs as vacancies rise and candidate availability shrinks.

“The parts of the economy most reliant on European workers are under even more pressure as many EU workers return home.

“Employers are not just struggling to hire the brightest and the best but also people to fill roles such as chefs, drivers and warehouse workers,” he added.

‘Robust demand’

The survey, which has been going since 1997, looked at the experience in July of 400 UK recruitment and employment agencies.

It found that there was “robust demand” for staff with the number of applicants placed in permanent jobs, and also in temporary or contract jobs, growing at their fastest rates for more than two years.

Meanwhile, it said, the number of available candidates for both types of work fell markedly during the month.

The report’s suggestion that pay rates for permanent jobs are now rising as a result, and are at a 20-month high, will raise some eyebrows.

Official data from the Office for National Statistics has indicated that the growth of average weekly earnings across the UK has been slowing down.

Earnings are now only 1.8% higher than a year ago – the slowest rate of increase since late 2014 – which has contributed to a cut in real incomes because the rate of inflation has been higher.

Looking at its own survey results, the REC said some of its members had noted that employers were indeed offering higher pay rates to lure the right recruits.

“Permanent starting salaries rose across all monitored UK regions, with the steepest rate of inflation seen in the South of England,” the REC said.

“Temporary and contract staff hourly pay rates increased again in July.

“The rate of inflation softened slightly since June, but was still one of the strongest recorded for the past two years,” it added.

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Credit: bbc.co.uk


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Moo is Set to Host Bedford’s BIGGEST EVER Jobs Fair this September…

Harpur Centre

Moo is delighted to announce that it will be hosting its inaugural Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair in Harpur Square, Bedford town centre, on Saturday 10th September 2016.

Supported by Bedford Borough Council, The Jobs Hub, Evolve Recruitment and Bedford College,  Moo has made two major changes from jobs fairs that have been held before in Bedford which will ensure ALL employers, attending, get the most from the day.

Firstly the event will take place on a Saturday. Previous events have been held mid week, limiting the volume, and quality, of job seekers that can attend. Being held on a Saturday means that the ‘already employed’ also have the opportunity to attend the event, something mid week events can’t cater for.

Secondly the event is going to be held under a purpose built marquee  right in the heart of Bedford town centre, accessible by all, utilising the natural footfall in Harpur Square which  is about 69,000 on an average Saturday in September.

Exhibitors will enjoy a venue that’s fit for purpose, professional yet perfect for an informal meeting with potential employees.

Quite a few employers have now reserved their stand but limited Spaces are still available.

To book your stand, call our events team on 01234 328646 or email hayley@moojobs.com today!

Event Details:

DATE:              10th September
TIME:               10am-4pm
LOCATION:   Harpur Square

Event Sponsors:

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