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Hiring declines at fastest rate for three years

September 06, 2019 / Rob Moss

Political and economic uncertainty continues to affect the labour market as data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG showed that permanent placements fell at the quickest rate for more than three years. Temporary recruitment remained weak, close to a six-year low, and total demand for staff rose at the weakest pace since the start of 2012, with both permanent and temporary vacancies rising more slowly. Recruitment consultancies signalled that the number of people placed into permanent job roles dropped for the sixth month running in August, as employers delayed hiring decisions due to Brexit-related uncertainty.