AN INDEPENDENT survey has shown the number of permanent jobs available in the south has fallen.
Audit, tax and advisory service provider KPMG asked a panel of 150 recruitment agency officials whether there had been a rise or fall in full-time and temporary work and whether there were changes in wages last month.
A total of 29.6 per cent of participants said there were fewer permanent positions in July compared to June.
In comparison 25.8 per cent of the panel thought there were fewer positions available in June than May.
About 25 per cent said there were fewer candidates for permanent work available – up by one per cent the month before.
Wild Recruitment, in Arundel Street, Landport, is bucking the trend as it sees a 23 per cent rise in the number of people getting permanent jobs – one of the biggest increases in its 11-year history.
Kim Way, managing director of Wild Recruitment, said: ‘We’ve seen a rise in people taking permanent work and the number of positions available to them.
‘People are being more flexible about the jobs available to them.
‘They are realising that they can’t stick to exactly what they want. The economic climate means they can’t pick and choose.
‘We haven’t noticed an increase in permanent contract wages but it appears that people are looking to get the best possible package when they join a company.’
The survey also showed that the south was the only area to record a fall in temporary work available.
The strongest rise in full-time work available was seen in London.
Salaries were seen to have improved last month – with 9.6 per cent of people in the survey saying they were better off compared to 5.3 per cent the month before.
Around 85 per cent said wages had stayed the same.
Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said: ‘This month’s data shows an abrupt fall in permanent appointments in the south.
‘However, we have always said that we expected to see ups and downs in the employment figures rather than a continued sustained period of jobs.
‘What must be emphasised, though, is that employers are still hiring.
‘In fact, the number of permanent vacancies in the south has grown, but fragile confidence means they are taking longer to make decisions about appointments and the whole process of recruiting is slowing down.’