It is encouraging for the economy that the REC reports consistent growth in job vacancies – both perm and contract across most sectors for the month of January 15. Naturally the flip side of this coin is that it continues to be harder for businesses to find talent. “January data pointed to a faster increase in demand for staff, with the overall level of job vacancies rising at the strongest rate in three months. Sharper growth of both permanent and temporary vacancies was recorded.”“The availability of staff to fill permanent job roles fell further during January. The rate of deterioration was marked, despite easing to the slowest for a year. Temporary/contract staff availability meanwhile fell at the weakest rate in 11 months.” (www.rec.uk.com)Vertex’s position in this chain is as a niche supplier. We are able to source the candidates that are not available on the open market; we do this because our job is to maintain regular contact with our networks within all of our technology verticals.