The professional sector has seen a 6% increase of available job vacancies compared to the previous year.
The survey was conducted by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which revealed that the strongest annual growth of permanent vacancies came from the accounting/finance sector at 16%, with media/marketing showing a 2% increase.
These figures tally with data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which shows that overall employment levels had increased by 177,000 in the three months to September.
APSCo data also revealed the salary base across the professional sector has held steady with an average increase of 4.3% on last year. In comparison, ONS figures show that average earnings for a worker grew at an annual rate of 2.5% in the three months to September.
Temporary and contract posts in the professional sector has also remained stable with a 2% rise each year. Although staffing in finance and accounting has seen the number of vacancies soar by 34%.
Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo said: “Growth in employment levels show no sign of slowing as a strong economy, market confidence and inward migration contribute to record numbers of people in work. Our members are reporting unprecedented demand for specialists to work across a variety of sectors, with financial services showing the highest levels of demand.”
“Particularly within the professional sectors, pay continues to steadily increase as organisations fight for top talent amidst a wave of sector shortages.
“Contract vacancies are consistently strong, despite a continual increase in permanent roles, as organisations continue to capitalise on the benefits of a flexible workforce.
“According to recent ONS figures, the number of self-employed rose by 30,000 year-on-year in the three months to September, and the recruitment profession is adapting the way it works to reflect this. Whereas historically, many organisations may have thought of temporary workers as people to hold the fort during an absence, the reality is that the professional flexible workforce is now ‘the new normal’ – a trend that we predict will continue into 2016.”
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