A shortage of skilled workers is pushing up wage growth

Workers in the UK have benefited from a sharp increase in wage growth in April, according to the survey the recruitment industry.

Both permanent and temporary workers, wage growth picked up “sharply” in April, according to research by the Confederation of recruitment and employment (the rest).

According to the index, where any score above 50 indicates growth, regular salary hit 60.5, a ten month low of 60.0 in March.

Temporary workers have a 59.9, the highest in two years and well above the historical average for the index. Shortage of staff was the main trigger for the growth of wages, according to respondents.

Other data for the first three months of the year suggested weak growth in the UK economy. These data, which indicate a tight job market, offer a mixed picture for the Bank of England, which must decide whether to raise interest rates this week.

The unemployment rate is estimated to be even lower than previously expected

For both short and long term vacancies, work, care, and information were among the industries that recruiters were hard pressed to find qualified candidates.

The REC Director of policy Tom Hadley said: “the demand for professionals continues to grow, and in any other sector [with the exception of retail], and the candidate continues to fall. Our data show that employers pay more to attract the right people for their vacancies.

“For individuals, now is a good time to look for a new job, since you are in a strong position to negotiate a higher salary.”

Concern was expressed regarding the fact that the increase in the cost of auto-acceptance of the employers can lead to a smaller increase in wages of workers.

However, according to the Department of work and pensions survey just 11pc of employers have passed on the lower wage increases in order to offset the cost of car registration.

This “offers some reason to believe that the investigation of the April increase in contributions for the growth of wages may be modest,” said Martin Beck the Oxford economy.

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