Temporary/contract billings were down for the seventh month running.
Overall demand for staff showed the weakest increase for five months in June. Growth of permanent vacancies eased further, but temp vacancies rose at a fractionally faster pace.
However, availability of staff continued to rise as recruitment consultancies indicated higher levels of both permanent and temporary staff availability during June, with the latter recording the stronger growth.
Pay rates were stable in both the contract and permanent sector.
REC chief executive Kevin Green saId: "The sharp drop in the number of people placed into work last month is really disappointing. A decrease in hiring activity means we could see a period of increased unemployment, especially as a new wave of school leavers and graduates will be entering the labour market over the summer.
“I expect as we continue to make slow progress out of recession that we’ll see this kind of a zig-zag pattern with some good months followed by weaker ones – rather than sustained periods of uninterrupted jobs growth.
“But it’s also important to note that the picture is not uniform across all industries. If you are a skilled engineer, IT professional or in nursing or secretarial work there is still increasing demand for you from employers.”
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