Enthusiasm is just the job as candidate numbers nosedive, says Jefferys

Candidate availability in the UK fell to its sharpest level in four months in September while the availability of temporary workers also fell at a historically marked pace, according to the latest IHS Markit/REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) Report on Jobs.

Kevin Green, REC Chief Executive, said: "Recruiters are finding it even harder to find people to fill vacancies. Candidate availability has been falling for the past four years and the record high UK employment rate plus a slowdown in the number of EU nationals coming to work here is exacerbating the situation, potentially leaving roles unfilled."

Clive Jefferys of comms sector recruiter JMA Network noted: "If you are looking to hire urgently, you will be well advised to interview any candidate that is presented to you with a reasonable skill match.

"In today's world, hiring is about finding people who are genuinely enthusiastic about your opportunity and can be upskilled to fulfil the role."