UK’s booming jobs market leaves firms struggling to fill posts

LONDON • Britain’s job market is booming, but concern is increasing about where companies are going to keep finding workers.

The number of permanent jobs grew at the fastest rate in more than two years in July, while the availability of workers fell sharply, according to a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) published yesterday. It said that helped boost a measure of starting salaries to the highest in 20 months.

The pace of hiring in recent years has pushed UK employment to a record and sent the jobless rate to the lowest since the 1970s. Kevin Green, CEO of REC, which compiles the report with IHS Markit, said that while the jobs market “continues to confound expectations,” a shrinking pool of workers means that emplo- yers are “having to work even harder to fill jobs”.

He also said the results show the importance to the UK of having easy access to labour from other European Union nations after Brexit, and warned that any clampdown on immigration could have an effect. In London, caution among financial-services firms is making them hesitant, pushing recruitment in the city to its weakest in eight months, according to the report. — Bloomberg