Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director, Adecco – the UK’s largest recruiter, said:
“We are not surprised to see that the recruitment market remained relatively stable this month. Temporary/contract roles have fared slightly better than permanent positions in recent months, suggesting that although staffing requirements are gradually increasing, employers still remain tentative about the outlook in the short term. However, key indicators suggest that the cautious mood of the industry may turn more confident in the year ahead.
The banking, insurance and finance sector continues to show positive growth in terms of new role creation, particularly for temporary positions. It’s very encouraging to see that recruitment volumes are holding up well, although the prevailing approach across most sectors still appears to be one of ‘wait and see’. The next few months are going to be critical. If key sectors can continue to show signs of steady growth, then we could see related professional service sectors such as accountancy and law reaping the benefits and following suit, boosting job creation across the board.”
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