The Association of Staffing Companies (APSCo) has reported a 10% increase in the number of candidates being offered permanent roles in July this year.
However, research also showed that the number of permanent vacancies has decreased by 3%.
APSCo’s research also delved into the where the most hiring occurred, which found that the IT sector was recruiting the highest numbers of new staff. Also perhaps because of the recent IR35 changes, the number of contractors working on projects fell 33% from July 2017.
Despite other significant changes salary levels seem to have levelled out, with an increase of 1.3% in average salaries across all professional sectors.
Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo said:
“Although firms need talent to meet demand, many are understandably reluctant to bring on board permanent talent.
“However, while contractor demand within financial services is booming, IT professionals seem to be turning to permanent positions. While changes and proposed amends to IR35 will certainly have played a hand in this shift, it is unclear if it is largely employers – or the professionals themselves – who are leading this revolution.”