Despite government figures showing rising unemployment rates, the number of people being placed in permanent and temporary positions by recruitment consultancies is on the rise, a new survey shows.
The survey from the Recruitment and Employment Federation and KPMG found that the expansion of permanent staff placements hit a 26-month high in July, while placements of temporary staff also showed a large gain.
More vacancies were also available for new staff, with permanent vacancies reaching a 19-month high in July and vacancies for temporary staff also rising.
Nonetheless, the availability of candidates to fill these vacancies declined, the report revealed, particularly among permanent staff, pushing the rate of inflation for permanent staff salaries to its highest level in 15 months.
Employers will need to look to older and younger candidates to make up skills gaps caused by a lack of candidates, said people services partner at KPMG, Michael Cartner, especially with new anti-ageism legislation being introduced in October.
"In discriminating against older and younger workers, employers are potentially missing out on the right candidate, and they will have to address these and other issues before the introduction of the legislation," he said.