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 hrmagazine.co.uk, 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 contractorcalculator.co.uk
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
"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