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UK job recruitment fell in December for third month in a row

UK job recruitment fell in December for third month in a rowThe number of people who were placed into permanent jobs by UK recruitment agencies fell for a third month in a row in December.

According to the Irish Examiner, a study by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in Britain also showed that there had been a dip in temporary and contract staff, which was the first reduction in over two years.

Also, for the first time in a year, the pay rates for temporary staff fell slightly last month; however, pay remained around the same mark for permanent staff.

The report is based on around 400 recruitment firms in the UK and it revealed that there was a large increase in the number of people seeking work.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “The report highlights a third month of contraction in permanent placements and a reduction in the use of temps for the first time in more than two years.

“There are clearly signs of decline but we are nowhere near the lows seen in 2009 when the market deteriorated at a drastically faster rate than we are seeing today.

“Employers are still hiring and using temps in large numbers. However, they are starting the year on a cautious note and are taking their time to make workforce decisions.

“The quicker the eurozone sovereign debt crisis is resolved and we get some economic visibility, the better it will be for employer confidence and the UK jobs market.

“Overall, the cautiousness in hiring seems to be driven by a lack of confidence in the wider economic situation than a significant downturn in demand.”

KPMG, was one of the companies which helped with the report and Bernard Brown of KPMG, said: “It is a huge concern to see temporary placements falling in tandem with permanent employment opportunities, making it difficult to be optimistic about the employment market in 2012.

“The decline in temporary roles, seen for the first time in almost two-and-a-half years, is a clear indication that businesses are too nervous to even make short-term commitments, given the continued uncertainty across the eurozone and so much talk of a tough year ahead.”

Hastings Direct to create 200 new jobs this year

Hastings Direct to create 200 new jobs this yearAccording to The Recruiter, insurance retailer Hastings Direct has announced that it will be creating 200 new jobs this year.

The new jobs are thanks to the continued growth from its car, home, van and bike insurance divisions and the company is also planning to start college and university leaver job schemes, although these wont begin until later in the year.

The company released a statement which said: The new positions will come “across the jobs spectrum from entry level to senior management”.

The 200 jobs created this year will be on top of the 400 new jobs that were created in 2011 when the company trebled its profits and grew by 30%.

All applicants must be aged over 18, and the firm says it is open to consider job sharing and part-time workers.

Amanda Menahem, the firm’s HR director, told The Recruiter: “As our business expands, we need to fill roles in all areas from finance to facilities, IT, marketing and our call centres.

“We are committed to growing our people and continue to invest heavily in staff development; we have doubled our leadership and development programme and will create college leaver and graduate schemes later in the year.”

High-end job sectors have high demand for staff

High-end jobs sectors currently have a strong demand for staff, according to benefits specialist Thomsons Online Benefits. Human resources professionals have said that some employers could dial up their staff benefits in an attempt to attract new talent.

The recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) was told by a number of experts that the jobs market will continue to vary by region and sector in 2012, but the high-end sectors will show strong demand for staff.

West Midlands regional director for the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, Philip Delaloye, said that the engineering sector will see plenty of job creation.

He also mentioned that in his area, Jaguar Land Rover are currently planning to employ hundreds more staff in its Solihull site and are looking to potentially build a new engine plant in Wolverhampton, which will, in turn, create even more jobs.

The expert also looked at the aerospace industry; new technology and renewable businesses which will contribute to job creation.

“In these high-end and high-skilled sectors employers will be looking for both contract and permanent engineers. This is certainly the feedback we are getting from a number of clients in the Midlands and the south of England,” Mr Delaloye told Thompsons Online Benefits.

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