Date: 22 August 2018 The professional body for the Recruitment industry, the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) has just released its latest ‘Report on Jobs’, providing an insight into the latest hiring trends. The July edition is full of information about employers’ thoughts on hiring, skills shortages, temporary versus permanent recruitment and economic confidence. In Summary We’ve picked out some of the key points for you: Confidence in economic and therefore hiring conditions has noticeably improved in June compared to the previous three months. Employers across all sectors are looking to hire permanent staff, with the construction industry having the highest positive balance of 31%. In hand with this, employers are most concerned over the availability of construction workers. That is just ahead of concerns over the availability of engineering and technical, and education workers in the permanent sector. 20% of UK employers plan to increase their agency workers in the medium term. For the temporary labour market, employers are most concerned about the availability of construction workers, drivers and hospitality staff. Total employment has increased on the previous quarter. This is mostly driven by an increase in permanent roles. In contrast, the number of temporary workers has decreased from the previous quarter. The unemployment rate from March – May 2017 was 4.5%. This is down from the previous quarter, as well as down from the same period last year. Just four countries in the EU have a lower unemployment rate (the Czech Republic, Germany, Malta and Hungary). When it comes to using agencies or recruitment consultants, employers cite quality of service and expertise of the region or industry sector as the most important criteria. This is unchanged from last year, but has increased in significance.