Recruitment & Employment Confederation Data shows Candidate Availability is on the Rise

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According to new data, candidate availability has grown for the first time in 25 months alongside a marked increase in total vacancies. The UK Report on Jobs survey, from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG – and compiled by S&P Global – found that overall candidate availability has increased from an index rating of 50.2 in February 2021 to 51.4 in March 2023 – marking a 1.2% rise. The upturn was supported by “modest rises” in both permanent and temporary staff availability. Natalie Evans, owner and director at Your People 1st, says “While it is promising that candidate availability is on the rise, the changing and challenging contexts we face today mean that candidates are making considered choices and are now asking what’s in it for them and wanting good places to work with options for flexibility and shared values.” Click here for more.