Candidate Shortage Hits Northern Jobs Market

Last month, the recruitment team at XCL saw a surge in demand for staff across all sectors in Yorkshire, and looking at a recent industry report covering jobs in the North of England, we were not alone in noticing the trend.

According to the latest IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs, job vacancies and recruitment activity across the North of England continued to increase in August, driving an overall upturn in employment. Permanent staff appointments saw the most rapid growth, increasing for the 64th consecutive month, and at its fastest rate since February.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive at the REC, says: “Businesses are getting on with it driving Britain’s growth – jobs are being created and starting salaries are rising. There are big opportunities out there for candidates right now looking for a new role.”

However, despite a significant rise in demand for staff, around 37% of companies surveyed reported a steep decline in the number of candidates available to fill their vacancies. Key roles that were in short supply were accountants, construction workers, developers, drivers, engineers and lawyers, among other professionals.

Temporary billings through recruitment agencies also increased last month, although at a softer rate than permanent appointments. Many employers reported that this growth was hindered by shortages in the supply of qualified candidates as well as counter offers - highlighting the importance of creating effective job ads that attract the best candidates.

XCL specialise in supplying skilled, experienced candidates for temporary and permanent vacancies across the engineering, construction, production and commercial sectors. Our high standards and in-depth processes have enabled us to build a large database of outstanding candidates, and our bespoke Matchmaker software ensures we only put forward the most suitable individuals for your roles.

Your dedicated recruitment consultant will work closely with your HR team to ensure we fully understand your business and recruitment needs. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to help you reach the very best workers, managing the entire screening process from writing the vacancy advert to conducting preliminary interviews and providing a shortlist of candidates.

For more information about how we can help you recruit great permanent or temporary workers, read our previous article here.

If you have a vacancy you need to fill right now, or if you’d like to discuss your future recruitment needs, call our Huddersfield office on 01484 819900 or email and we’ll be happy to help.