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#ITjobs - Christmas break, what Christmas Break?

#ITjobs - Christmas break, what Christmas Break?

Posted on 10th January 2020

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The RBS/Markit report on the Scottish recruitment scene in December revealed that the market for permanent jobs across the economy as a whole continues to grow, albeit at a slightly softer rate than historically.  Temp job billings amongst recruitment agencies actually declined for the first time in six months, while pay pressures for perm jobs also softened with the rate of increase being the slowest since 2013, although temp/contractor jobs pay continued to increase, but at a gentler pace.  

When we look at the different sectors, IT is, as it has tended to be for a very long time, out in front in the permanent job market. In fact, the increase in IT & Computing vacancies in December was the highest of any sector – a fact that the consultants in all our offices can vouch for!  The pressure on recruiters does not diminish just because it’s Christmas!

That pressure is also exacerbated by the fact that, as the Markit report notes, “Scottish recruitment consultancies reported a further deterioration (part of a wider UK trend) in the availability of temporary candidates in December, as has been the case in each month for nearly three years. Despite softening from November, the decline was sharp overall and quicker than the long-run series average.” Similarly, in the permanent jobs market, “As has been the case in each month since March 2012, recruiters across Scotland signalled a reduction in the availability of permanent candidates during December.”  We’ve noticed this too!  

The table below shows IT continuing to be one of the dominant sectors in terms of recruitment growth and, as I noted in my resume of the November Markit report, I don’t expect this situation to change any time soon in 2020.

Markit Dec 19

Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO, Be-IT

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