Demand for staff is at a three year high, according to a report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) compiled by KPMG, whilst the Lloyds TSB Regional Purchasing Managers’ Index has reported that business activity rose across the region in June, at its fastest rate for 17 months.
We spoke to Chris Keeling, managing director of e-recruitment and applicant tracking software solution, Jobtrain. He said “The REC report is encouraging, showing that more people are being placed in permanent positions and the number of vacancies is continuing to rise, along with pay for permanent and contract staff. We have already seen a healthy increase in companies adopting direct sourcing strategies – which means that they use systems like Jobtrain to help them manage recruitment themselves rather than using external agencies which can be expensive.”
The Purchasing Managers’ Index also reported that both domestic and international business was picking up, with signs of stronger economic conditions in key markets.
“It is brightening to hear some good news about the economy, and particularly for businesses in the North West,” said Chris.