Monthly Jobs Summary Courtesy of Markit Economics

The latest report on jobs from Markit Economics, sponsored by KPMG LLP and the REC is showing further strong growth in permanent placements, continuing candidate shortages and accelerated salary growth.

Permanent staff appointments accelerated in April albeit at a slightly lower rate than the peak in February with vacancy levels also increasing.

The combination of job opportunities and candidate shortages is also driving up permanent salaries at the fastest rate since April 2007.

Candidate shortages are the most pronounced since October 2004 while the number of people placed in permanent employment continues to rise.

The trends shown above are mirrored by Delta Consultants and, while candidates are in short supply, it is mainly those with relevant post graduate work experience that are most in demand and where the major shortage is.

In the areas Delta Consultants recruit into, particularly scientific, we believe a lot of this can be traced back a number of years to when companies only looked for experience, and trainee vacancies were few and far between.

Consequently the number of younger candidates with a Biomedical Science background, for instance, and a few years in sales or applications are now at a premium and not in enough numbers to fill the available jobs.


Candidate based in the North West

Delta's Mark handled my application for a Field Service Engineer's position and he exceeded my expectations by making the recruitment experience actually enjoyable. Applying for a new job is always stressful, but throughout the process I felt that Mark was as interested whether the role was right for me, as he was in whether I was right for the role. He kept me up to date during the process and on the one occasion he was ill, I found his colleague Debs to be equally friendly and accommodating. On the day I started my new job I received a card from the Delta team congratulating me, which was as unexpected as it was welcome. It's the little touches which mark Delta out from the crowd and would not hesitate in recommending them... in fact they're probably the only recruitment consultants I would recommend.

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