Contract Placements Remain Steady in February

According to March’s Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC)/KPMG ‘Report on Jobs’ recruiters saw billings for temporary/contract rise at the same pace as January, which was at the time the slowest pace in four months.

The report, based on a survey of more than 600 employers carried out in January, also showed a further increase in the pace of growth of permanent placements in February.

Availability of staff for both permanent and temporary/contract roles continued to decline in February. However, rates of decline eased in each case to the slowest in at least two years.

The Midlands saw the fastest rise in permanent and temporary placements for short-term billings, while nursing/medical/care was the most in-demand category for permanent staff and temporary staff during February.