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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), employment increased by 114,000 in the three months to April driving the employment rate to 73.4%. Average pay including bonuses was also up by 2.7% on an annual basis.

In response to the latest figures, Ann Swain Chief Executive at APSCo comments;

“News that the number of people in employment has increased once again was confidently expected. We in recruitment continue to witness an ongoing increase in vacancies, with every major sector survey recording an uplift in activity in recent months. Indeed, our latest Professional Recruitment Trends Report found that permanent vacancies increased 16% in the year to April 2015, with contract roles also up 3%.”

Ann Swain continues;

“It is unsurprising that average salaries are on the upward trajectory as the war for talent rages. ONS’s figures are in line with APSCo’s latest data, which revealed that median salaries across the professional sectors were up by a robust 2.9% year-on-year. Continued market positivity will only push wages higher as businesses vie to bring on board the skills they need to facilitate further growth.”

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Notes to editors:

APSCo is the membership body that is dedicated to representing professional recruitment in the UK. It was formed to give all firms involved in the recruitment of professional talent who have a commitment to excellence, the specialist support and distinctive voice they need to be successful. It gives candidates and employers a trusted badge of quality whilst providing member firms with an innovative range of services designed for them by recruitment experts. These services, combined with its growing international profile, commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and opportunities for professional networking give APSCo members a unique opportunity to develop their businesses and gain competitive advantage

Professional Recruitment Trends is the only monthly publication providing original data and analysis on the professional staffing market. It is produced jointly by APSCo and Staffing Industry Analysts.

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