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Demand for staff on the rise, according to KPMG report

12 Mar 14  | Recruitment News

New figures from Netherlands-based auditor KPMG suggest that the demand for skilled staff is growing rapidly in the UK.

According to the report, which examined the state of the nation's recruitment market in January, the number of job vacancies grew at its fastest rate in 15 years.

In contrast, the majority of the 400 recruitment firms questioned as part of the survey claimed to have seen a decline in the numbers of permanent applicants they've seen so far in 2014.

According to, many of the respondents said they were seeing fewer candidates with engineering, financial and healthcare skills.

It has been suggested that more should be done to ensure career guidance services are aware of growth sectors and the skills which are likely to be in demand in the future. This would enable jobseekers to make more informed decisions when choosing their career paths.

Tom Hadley from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which worked with KPMG to compile the data, is quoted by as saying: "The report shows many of the latest in-demand roles are being sought by employers looking to invest in staff to build their businesses.

"This again underlines just how critical the issue of skills shortages is becoming, as businesses will not be able to contribute to economic growth if they cannot find the skilled workers they need."

The report also highlighted a growing trend for employees to "try before they buy", with more jobseekers looking specifically for temporary roles.
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