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Back to work after the summer

22 October 2012

In the latest ‘Recruitment Talent Spotlight’ report from Judd Farris, Associate Director Tom Flood commented: “The number of vacancies has picked up now that the summer period is over. This is particularly demonstrated by rising demand for facilities managers due to the profitability they are able to deliver outside of original contracts which is applying upward pressure to their pay.”

The report from the property recruitment company showed that in September salaries for permanent jobs were up 0.19% MOM, vacancies were up 0.87% MOM to 18,276, while the average salary for a facilities manager rose 0.79% MOM to £40,768.

Meanwhile contractor rates up 0.14% MOM; contractor vacancies were up 0.61% MOM to 1152; and building surveyor average rate up 0.13% MOM to £20/hr.

Flood continued: “We’re seeing a significant uplift in demand across the board for general practice roles. Now that the Jubilee celebrations, the Olympics and the summer are over people are turning their attention back to work so there are more new vacancies and work in progress that had previously stalled over this period is now moving again.

“There has been an increase in demand for quantity surveyors from hiring managers within both residential and commercial property. This is mostly down to churn in the candidate market but has also been supported by organisations getting back to full production following the traditionally quieter summer period.

“We’ve seen a rise in demand for ratings candidates, particularly within large organisations. Whilst some of this is down to natural attrition, an increasing proportion is because many candidates are looking to move from large corporations to smaller or more niche practices and there has been some growth in the market.”

“To make up for any shortfall in revenue due to a dearth of larger outsourced public sector projects (e.g. PFI) many organisations are looking to add value to ensure key contracts get renewed or extended or charge for services that fall outside of the initial contract. Hiring managers are increasingly demanding commerciality as a key skill in potential facilities manager candidates as a result.”

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