Temporary vacancies rise 5% year on year in East Midlands

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Demand for temporary professionals has risen 5% year on year to January 2017 across the East Midlands according to a new report.

Research from Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), using data from recruitment software company Innovantage, showed an uplift in temporary roles, however permanent vacancies experienced a minor dip, declining 4% year on year to January.

Demand for temporary professionals rose significantly across a number of sectors including IT and manufacturing, which recorded uplifts of 43% and 15% respectively.

Julie Selby, Membership Relations Manager at APSCo said: “After months of increased optimism across the East Midlands, professional job availability in the temporary market rose once again.

“Despite commentators predicting instability in the employment market as the UK prepares to invoke Article 50, hiring sentiment has remained broadly stable in the months since the referendum.

“APSCo’s findings sit in line with the national average, with recent figures from the Office for National Statistics revealing that overall employment reached 74.6% in the three months to December 2016 – the highest since comparable records began.

“Temporary professionals are being increasingly sought after in the IT sector, with demand rising 43% year on year to January.

“This increase is no doubt as a result of the growing nature of the region’s technology sector, with Nottingham set to receive an additional £40 million worth of investment into fintech businesses in the city and a tech hub known as Accelerate Places Nottingham.

“Demand also rose for temporary professionals in the manufacturing sector, largely in line with predictions from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, which predicted that employment would increase by 11% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter on 2016.”