Temp pay grows at record pace amid candidate shortage

Temp pay grows at record pace amid candidate shortage

11/17/2021 - 10:36

A new report on the UK labour market has revealed that a lack of candidates is driving up rates of temp and starting pay.

The KPMG and REC’s latest UK Report on Jobs survey found that strong demand for staff, coupled with a steep fall in the labour supply, drove the sharpest increase in starting pay since the survey began in 1997.

The report found that the overall availability of staff declined at the start of the fourth quarter due to high demand for staff, general shortages, fewer foreign workers and job-switching hesitancy amongst employees.

Candidate scarcity and robust demand for staff added upward pressure onto rates of starting pay. Starting salaries and temp wages have increased at the quickest rates seen in almost 25 years of data collection as companies offered higher pay to attract the best staff.

This trend can be seen across the whole country, but temporary wages have grown fastest in the North of England.

Comparing different sectors, demand for temporary staff was highest in nursing and care, closely followed by hotel and catering.

Kate Shoesmith, Deputy CEO of the REC, said: “This latest data shows the robust growth in the jobs market continuing. Starting salary growth has reached another record high as shortages continue to bite and companies compete to hire the staff they need. But we are starting to see signs that we are moving into a new phase of the recovery, as the initial bounceback in demand starts to ease.”

Miles Grady, Director of Umbrella.co.uk, said: “With the economy still in a fragile position after the pandemic, temporary workers have a vital role to play in the recovery. In the current labour market, organisations will need to offer the best rates of pay in order to attract the best talent.”

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