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Professional hiring up 13% as economy accelerates

IT leading boom in roles

The latest data from APSCo reveals that year-on-year growth in the professional staffing market continues to climb across many of the trade association’s core sector groups. Permanent vacancies across finance & accounting, IT and engineering are all up year-on-year (10%, 14% and 12% and respectively).

The rapid growth of the IT sector, which APSCo has reported in recent months, is in keeping with research from Deloitte which found & lsquo;the maker community’ - the name given to people who apply & lsquo;DIY culture’ to business and technology in a collaborative and experimental environment - is estimated to support up to 298,000 jobs across the country and contribute &pound18bn to the UK economy.

Average salaries up

APSCo’s figures also reveal that median salaries across all professional sectors have risen by 5.7% year-on-year. This figure is characterised by notable fluctuations in terms of sector, with engineering and finance, for example, recording uplifts of 7% and 4.6% respectively. This rise in remuneration within the professional sectors exceeds the average rise in earnings as reported by the ONS, which found that wages grew at an annual rate of 2.7% in the three months to April 2015.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo comments, “The fact that wages have jumped so significantly across the professional sectors is a sure sign that market confidence is soaring. Organisations are scrambling to get their hands on the brightest talent, and those that can offer attractive remuneration packages stand a fighting chance. The CBI’s latest growth indicator found that economic expansion in the three months to May reached its strongest rate since the same month last year, and against this backdrop it is unsurprising that vacancies are up 13% during the same period.”

Contract vacancies remain resilient 

Temporary and contract vacancies remain resilient across the professional staffing market with opportunities up by 2% across the board year-on-year. Vacancies across media & marketing, however, are particularly strong, rising by 6%. This is in line with PwC's Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2015-2019, which found the sector is currently enjoying a four-year boom, with estimates that the UK entertainment and media sector will be worth &pound66.6bn in 2019, up from &pound56.9bn in 2014. 

Swain continues “Despite the fact that permanent vacancies dipped by 1% within the marketing and media sectors, contract roles in the field are up by 6%. This is in line with widespread reports of skills shortages within the field, with O2 finding the talent gap could cost the economy up to &pound2 billion a year. Consequently, smart contractors with the required skills are cashing in on this flurry of demand.”  


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