Belfast Telegraph

Pay 'soars' for staff placed by agencies

By Alan Jones

Pay rates for staff placed by employment agencies are "soaring" as candidates are becoming choosy about which jobs to take, according to a new report.

This year could be one in which the candidate "finally becomes king", said the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.

Staff appointments increased last month, but the number of vacancies rose at the slowest pace for 18 months, said the report.

Pay for temporary staff increased at the strongest rate for three months, it was found.

The availability of staff to fill permanent jobs continued to fall in December, especially for temporary work.

Bernard Brown of KPMG, said: "A strong year for the UK jobs market finished with a flourish as temporary roles saw an upswing in popularity. More than one in three recruiters suggest that employees looking for short-term roles are being increasingly spoilt for choice as organisations search for help in an effort to fulfil customer orders.

"Good news for candidates also extends into the pay packet."

Belfast Telegraph