Professional hiring on the up as salaries in engineering and finance rise

 
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Hiring and pay is on the up as firms look to take on increasing numbers of professionals
Finance and accounting staff are in growing demand as Britain’s economic recovery takes off, recruiters at the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCO) revealed today.

The number of vacancies for professionals on recruiters’ books is up 16 per cent on the year, with finance and accounting positions up 11 per cent. Salaries for new finance jobs are up 2.3 per cent on the year, also illustrating the strong demand.

The biggest rise in salaries so far has come in engineering, where pay offers are up 7.9 per cent compared with the same time last year.

There is also an increase in interest in temporary and contract staff, with demand for such media and marketing workers up three per cent on the year. Overall, the use of interim professionals is up 96 per cent on the pre-crash years.

“Organisations are increasingly turning to professional contractors when bringing on board senior talent as a means of harnessing first-rate skills and experience without the associated permeant headcount costs,” said APSCO’s chief executive Ann Swain.

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