The number of vacancies in the UK has been falling since early 2019. At the time of writing, vacancies were down 6% since the beginning of the year. The REC 'Report on Jobs' monthly surveys also indicated weakened growth in demand for permanent and temporary staff since January. The rate of vacancy growth in September was the slowest since January 2012.
Throughout 2019, demand for permanent staff was strongest in the IT & Computing and Accounting & Financial sectors, whilst temporary staff demand was strongest in Nursing, Medical & Care, and Hotel & Catering sectors. In contrast, overall demand in the Retail and Construction sectors declined.
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