Salary Increases in South West of England Following Candidate Shortage

XCL’s recruitment team have noticed an increased demand for skilled workers across a range of sectors. And with a limited number of candidates applying for jobs in the area, employers have been increasing pay in order to attract the best staff.

A report from IHS Markit, released on 8th August, has revealed that uncertainty surrounding Brexit has continued to weigh heavily on hiring. The number of people being placed in permanent roles across the South of the UK fell in July for the fifth month in a row.

However, the rate of decline slowed when compared to that of June and was generally linked to candidate shortages and delayed decision-making.

A combination of a rise in job vacancies, an increase in demand for staff and low availability of workers has pushed up the rates of starting pay for permanent employees.

In contrast to the status of permanent roles, the South of England showed resilience in the filling of temporary roles, indicating businesses’ greater use of short-term staff to combat uncertainty.

Commenting on the findings, REC CEO Neil Carberry said: “Our flexible jobs market remains a key strength for the UK as we navigate an uncertain time. While we are seeing a concerning weaker trend in permanent placements bed in, the rate of change is slow, employment rates are high and starting salaries are growing. Businesses will be looking to politicians for a pragmatic way forward to help them turn this around – not just on Brexit, but on domestic policies too.”

The reduction in permanent staff supply was said to be linked to a reluctance among candidates to change roles amid uncertainty.

However, the outlook for job seekers is positive for the year ahead, especially within areas of skills shortages (such as IT and Computing), which can be leveraged as an advantage to negotiate salary rates.

When it comes to searching for a role, a specialist recruitment agency is often well-placed to advise you about the most in-demand roles with the best opportunities, salaries and those which are most suited to your skills and lifestyle.

Whether you work in the automotive, construction, engineering, production or commercial sectors, we are likely to have a role to suit you. Apply for one of our job vacancies here, send a copy of your CV to or call our Huddersfiled office on 01484 819900  to find out about the jobs that best suit you.