KPMG & REC Report on Jobs February 2023

Permanent placements are down but there's no reason to panic - vacancies are rising quickly. The demand is there and that's positive when we've been worried about a looming recession.

However, we're still seeing a lack of available job-seekers.

No surprises here, with ongoing uncertainty, people stay put unless you make it worth their while.

Therefore, worryingly, we see a growing chasm between what businesses are prepared to pay for an employee and what a job seeker is willing to accept.

The scarcity of active job seekers and the cost of living crisis means this is still a candidate market. For now.

"If you want me, you need to give me a pay rise because I am taking a risk in joining you and my domestic costs are scary."

Rest assured, at Clarity if we get the merest hint that someone who's approached us for work is really only looking for more money, we educate them on how to ask for a pay rise. Save wasting our time and the time of our clients.

I'm always happy to be a source of help and advice, for free, whether it be around reviewing hiring processes or putting together a compelling offering to job seekers.

Contact us now for a free, no-obligation chat. Contact Clare here.

Clare Wight is the founder and Managing Director of Clarity Appointments, an independent recruitment specialist. She served as a Regional Director for The Employment Agents Movement, supporting other independent recruiters.

She remains an active member of Recconnect (formerly Members Only), a recruitment leadership network promoting high ethical standards, collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion.

She believes business owners are more fulfilled and higher-performing when they provide emotional and professional business support to other business owners, even those they deem to be competitors. She does this actively, whilst challenging and updating her skills and knowledge of the recruitment sector, enabling her to offer the best advice to firms looking to make their next hire.

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