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Venn Group Contract Recruitment Index
July 2015

“Monitoring contractor demand across the South West”

Job availability across the South West rises by 6%

• Overall vacancy levels up by 6% month-on-month
• NHS efficiency drives heighten IT hiring activity
• South West leads the way in employment figures
• Rates jump up to an average of £272 per day

Contract Recruitment Index highlights

Job vacancy numbers in the South West rise throughout June
The June 2015 South West Recruitment Index recorded a 6% rise in job availability with 1,540 vacancies advertised, compared to 1,453 in May 2015.

Sundeep Bakshi, Director of Venn Group, commented:

“Last month, the NHS implemented a new initiative to increase focus on integration and collaboration in order to find work and cost efficiencies within healthcare. A more long-term strategy was sought – encouraged by the Five Year Forward View plan – in reaction to increasing demand for services and a relatively static budget. This meant that roles within the IT sector rocketed, with Continuing Health Care Assessors, Clinical Systems Analysts and Head of Information professionals being snapped up all over the South West as trusts looked to streamline their processes.”

Contractors’ remuneration rates increase in line with demand

The average rate for those securing jobs in May 2015 has risen, with contractors receiving an average of £272 per day across the region.

Sundeep Bakshi continued:

“In other news for the South West, figures released by the Office of National Statistics suggest that the region has seen a 1% increase in employment over the last year with 35,000 more people finding work. The region has also enjoyed the highest employment rate in the whole country over the last few months – with a record employment rate for women. With fast paced development becoming a trend across many sectors, and the quality of candidates consistently high, these findings are hardly surprising and look set to continue.”


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