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Temporary and permanent places continue their slide

Filed under: Information Risk and Security — Jonathan on August 12, 2012

Both temporary and permanent placements remained on a downward spiral in July, says the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. The rate of decrease lessened in both categories – mixed news for those seeking contract information security jobs and other temporary or permanent positions.

In fact, it is now eight months in a row where temporary employee billings have decreased. Those placed into a permanent job decreased for the second month in a row. There was a fall in increased demand in July, with a fall in the Report on Jobs Index falling from 53.1 to 52.8 in June.

Public sector demand for staff was still falling. The drop for permanent staff was sharper than their temporary counterparts.

REC chief executive, Kevin Green, told Recruiter:

“The UK’s labour market deserves a gold medal for its incredible performance in the face of adversity so far this year. In the last few months, it has defied gravity as unemployment has fallen and jobs grew even while the economy slipped back into recession.

“But this run might be coming to an end as this month’s data shows that permanent appointments have fallen for a second month and temporary employment has seen an eighth consecutive month of contraction.”

He did point out, however, that employers have not stopped taking on new staff. In fact, there are now more vacancies, although shaken confidence has seen employers take longer when it comes to make decisions regarding appointments and the recruitment process has slowed down.

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