A report out last week showed an increase in the number of temporary roles being recruited for across the UK. Many have questioned whether this is a result of the outcome of Brexit, or just a natural shift in the market. According to the report, issued by REC (The Recruitment and Employment Federation), the number of people placed in permanent positions has started to recover following a three month low, however temporary billings are thriving and continuing to grow. Many have placed the responsibility for this growth in temporary recruitment on the Brexit decision, remarking that the confidence of business owners is wavering in an uncertain market, leading them to not commit to hiring permanent members of staff. However others feel this is scaremongering and that it’s a natural shift in the market, as businesses look for cost-effective ways to grow and diversify. https://www.rec.uk.com/news-and-policy/press-releases/report-on-jobs-permanent-staff- placements-rebound-in-august
ONS yesterday published their own take on the jobs market, and recorded a positive result with the recruitment of permanent roles up on previous months, however the results only cover one month since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, so many feel it’s too early to assume a positive outcome. However Recruitment & Employment Confederation Chief Executive, Kevin Green, was feeling optimistic:
“The labour market continues to perform well. Whilst today’s ONS data only covers one month since the referendum result, it does support the idea that employers avoided any knee-jerk reactions immediately after the vote.”
A Vibrant Marketplace
Across the whole of Construction and Maintenance we’re still seeing a vast array of opportunities, and it continues to be a vibrant marketplace for those looking for a new opportunity. Quantity Surveyors, Estimators and Project Managers continue to have a wide range of exciting options available to them, as employers become increasingly competitive to capture the best talent.
The building services engineering sector which makes up roughly 40% of the Construction and Maintenance job market, appears to be unfazed by the Brexit decision according to a recent survey. A combination of relevant industry bodies carried out a major study and found nearly half of all respondents believe that Brexit will have a positive impact on their business. There did however appear to be a divide between smaller and larger organisations, with larger organisations being more cautious and apprehensive about the impact.
Steve Bratt, CEO of the Electrical Contractors’ Association commented:
“No matter how our relationship with Europe develops, our sector has a huge role to play in achieving UK business growth. This includes providing skilled jobs, fully functional buildings and infrastructure, and UK energy security.”
It’s early days, so difficult to predict the impact of the result, and with Article 50 still not being triggered it’s difficult to predict something that hasn’t actually happened yet! However there is a lot of positivity and optimism within the job market, and plenty of opportunities for those looking to make the move!
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