Demand for nurses ‘all-time high’


Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Demand for nurses has reached an all-time high over the past year, a new report has shown.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said nursing, medical and care staff were in big demand in January, as well as engineers.

Permanent staff placement generally continued to rise in January, but the rate of expansion eased to a 20-month low.

Average starting salaries for people placed in permanent jobs rose at a “marked pace”, said the report.

Kevin Green, REC chief executive, said: “The number of vacancies for permanent and temporary jobs continues to increase rapidly as confident businesses expand their workforces.

“January saw more people secure a new permanent job via a recruiter than in December and the decline in the number of available candidates means competition for skilled workers is driving up pay. With record levels of employment and falling inflation, this means many workers should feel better off in 2015 than they did in 2014.

“It’s encouraging to see these positive trends aren’t focused just in the South East, with all regions reporting rises in people finding jobs and pay increases, with the North and the Midlands both reporting robust growth.”

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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