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Venn Group Contract Recruitment Index
May 2015

“Monitoring contractor demand in Birmingham

Job availability in Birmingham up 13%

Contract Recruitment Index highlights
• Overall vacancies rise 13% month-on-month
• Legal sector driving jobs growth in region
• HR and finance benefitting from increased public sector budgets
• Rates climb 11% month-on-month

Overall job availability up 13%

The May 2015 Birmingham Recruitment Index recorded a 13% month-on-month rise in job availability with 1,926 vacancies advertised, compared to 1,710 in March 2015.
Avtar Singh, Associate Director of Venn Group, commented:

“Following the start of the new financial year in April, public sector legal recruitment has seen a boom as councils work to bring more and more services in-house, avoiding the expense of outsourcing to private practices. However, as the market struggles to secure the best talent, we are seeing increasing numbers of candidates from private practice backgrounds make the leap into the public sector – a transfer that, only a year ago, was incredibly difficult for locums.”

Contractors gain in remuneration stakes as a result of increased demand

The average rate for those securing jobs in April 2015 was 11% higher than those recorded in March 2015, with contractors now receiving an average of £17 per hour across the region.

Avtar Singh continued:

“As predicted last month, new rules that allow councils’ in-house legal teams to undertake external work as quasi-legal firms have meant that commercial law has become a very competitive arena as organisations work to win the top candidates. As a result, solicitors across the region are being snapped up and increasingly high rates are being offered. For example, a legal services manager working in Birmingham will stand to earn an average of £73.33 per hour, over four times the typical regional rate of £17.46 per hour.

“Birmingham has also bucked the recent trend we have seen in many other regions of a dip in employment activity leading up to the election. With this and the area’s strong sector growth in mind, the future looks bright for Birmingham.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Venn Group is the UK’s only specialist contract recruiter for organisations within the public and private sectors.
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Methodology

The Recruitment Index uses Venn Group’s own weekly records of new contract job vacancies. Statistics for the report are derived using Venn Group’s market share across each geographic region to ensure an accurate barometer of recruitment activity is recorded.
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