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Temp/contract pay rates

Temporary pay also increased in the capital during October, stretching the current sequence of inflation to 13 months.

Despite softening from September, the rate of growth was sharper than that seen across the UK as a whole.

Temp candidate numbers drop at faster rate

The number of people available for temporary roles in the capital also fell at the start of the fourth quarter. Moreover, the rate of decline quickened from September and was the sharpest recorded in 22 months.

Out of the five monitored regions, only the Midlands recorded a sharper drop in temporary labour supply in the latest survey period.

These are the findings of the October "Report on Jobs - London" issued in conjunction with our largest trade body, the REC. They underline what those working in the capital are already aware of; that labour supply is a long way from the abundance that employers and recruitment agencies have been used to for so many years. The unskilled market is now just as affected as the skilled.

If there really are all those UK citizens that have been staying at home, concerned that foreigners are pinching their jobs, as Brexiteers continually assure us, now is the time for them to emerge and show what they can do!

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