Job Market Report South: Nov 18

Get the latest stats on Permanent Placements in the South, Salaries and job skills shortages with our November Job Market Report

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Here is our monthly summary of  REC’s & KPMG’s November Job Market Report for Hampshire, Dorset and the South. Giving you the latest on salaries, placements and job skill shortages in the South.

Commenting on the latest survey results, Karen Witton, South Regional Chair at KPMG, said:

“It is very encouraging for the region that the number of Permanent jobs in the South are growing at a quicker pace than the national average, and that the salaries on offer for the positions are strong, having risen markedly in the last month, at what is in fact one of the fastest rates seen in 20 years.

“This does reflect the business strength that we have been seeing via our clients in the South. Clearly there is a great deal of political uncertainty around at present, but it is reassuring that it is not impacting growth in the region.”

Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Neil Carberry said:

“Today’s report backs up what recruiters across the country are saying to us. Fewer people are willing to change employer and look for jobs in this uncertain climate, despite rising pay and jobs being available. Sectors like hospitality and warehousing are facing particular challenges in the run-up to Christmas.”


  • Strong rise in permanent placements, but only modest expansion in temp billings
  • Candidate availability continues to fall markedly…
  • …leading to sharper increases in pay


Permanent placements continue to rise markedly
Recruitment consultancies in the South of England signalled a sustained rise in the number of people placed into permanent jobs during November, thereby extending the current sequence of expansion to 28 months. Despite easing from October’s eight-month record, growth remained strong overall and continued to outpace the UK average. Panellists that reported higher placements widely commented on rising demand for staff across their client bases.

Demand for staff continued to rise sharply in the South of England midway through the fourth quarter. The growth of permanent vacancies reached a three-month record and outpaced that seen for the UK as a whole.


Permanent labour supply declines at softest pace for 20 months
After falling at the quickest pace for nine months in October, the deterioration in permanent staff availability eased in November. Notably, the latest drop in supply was the least marked since March 2017, albeit still sharp overall. Nonetheless, the rate of contraction remained stronger than that seen at the UK level. Widespread skills shortages and uncertainty around Brexit had reportedly led to the latest fall in candidate numbers.


Accounting/Financial: Accountants, Accounts, Audit Estimators, Finance Financial Controllers Financial Directors Revenue Managers Tax
Blue Collar: Forklift Drivers, Production Welders, Construction, Architects, Architectural Technicians Boatbuilders, Construction Sales, Property Managers,  Quantity Surveyors
Engineering: CNC Operators, Electrical Engineers, Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Planning Engineers, Qualified Automotive Structural Engineers, Technicians
Executive/Professional: Executives, Law, Legal Secretaries, Project Managers
Hotel/Catering: Chefs
IT/Computing: C#, C++, CAD,DevOps, Electronics, ICT Managers, IT, Linux, Programmers, Puppet Salesforce, Software Developers, Software Engineers
Nursing/Medical/Care:  Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Home Carers, Support Workers
Secretarial/Clerical: Administrators, Receptionists, Support Staff
Other: B2B Sales, Customer Services, Export Sales, Sales, Sales Managers, Teachers, Telesales

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Permanent starting salaries continue to rise substantially

Salaries awarded to permanent starters in the South of England continued to rise markedly in November. Furthermore, the rate of increase quickened slightly since October and was among the fastest seen since data collection began over 20 years ago. The pace of salary inflation was also sharper than that at the national level. Recruiters widely linked the rise to demand for staff outstripping supply, resulting in greater competition for workers.


Staff appointments
Permanent staff placements continued to rise markedly across the UK in November. However, the rate of expansion was the slowest since July and the second-weakest recorded in 2018 so far. The softer performance was driven by slower increases in the North and South of England, with the former recording only a marginal upturn that was the joint-softest since April 2013.

After expanding at the quickest rate for five months in October, the rate of growth in temp billings eased during November. Though still sharp overall, it was the joint-weakest increase seen for just over two years (on a par with August 2018). All four monitored English regions reported softer growth in temporary billings compared to October.

Candidate availability
At the UK level, permanent staff availability fell for the sixty-seventh month in a row during November. Rates of contraction remained sharp in all four covered English regions. That said, the overall pace of decline was the softest since March, with both London and the South of England registering slower falls compared to October. Temporary labour supply also contracted at a slower pace in November, registering the softest decline for three months. However, the drop in availability was still historically marked and sharp overall. At the regional level, the quickest fall was recorded in the Midlands, and the slowest in the North of England.

Pay Pressures
November data pointed to a further sharp rise in starting salaries for permanent staff in the UK. This was despite the rate of growth easing to a three-month low. Faster rises in London and the South of England contrasted with slower increases in the Midlands and the North of England. Temporary pay rates across the UK increased at the fastest pace since July 2007. Stronger rates of wage inflation were seen in three of the four monitored English regions, with the steepest rise seen in the South of England. London was the only location to report slower growth. However, the deceleration was fractional, and the increase still sharp overall.

Thanks as always to KPMG and REC and IHS Markit for this monthly data.

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