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Every month, Cavill Robinson contributes to the UK Report on Jobs. This is a survey of recruitment agencies nationally carried out by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and which the government also uses to take note of what is happening in the UK jobs market. This month for the first time in two and a half years, permanent placements have fallen and vacancy growth has edged down to a 27 month low. At the same time, there has been a sharp decline in the number of candidates entering the market place, which is pushing up starting salaries to historically strong rates.
Much of this is due to the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit negotiations, which in my view, having had personal dealings with Brussels on the Agency Workers' Directive, will probably continue until 5 to midnight on the 29th March. At that point, I suspect compromises will be made, which noone will be 100% happy with but which will mean life can continue! I think our main worry should be the shambolic proceedings in Westminster rather than Brexit itself. If we have politicians with vision and a belief in Britain, there is absolutely no reason why our economy and with it, the recruitment market place, should not continue to thrive. However, I look at the way our politicians have handled Brexit and the uncertainty they have created and I can't help but feel that it would be useful for more of them to have had jobs in industry or to have run small businesses. They seem to have little comprehension of the uncertainty they have created for business by their inability to organise themselves and make sensible decisions or the impression they have given to the outside world of how incompetent most of them appear to be. We can only hope that Brexit is dealt with sooner rather than later so that the economy can spark back into life.