09.02.11

Better News on the Recruitment Front

Permanent and temporary jobs increased at the fastest rate for several months during January, according to this month’s Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG. 

The number of permanent and temporary appointments grew at a faster rate last month than at any time in the past six and seven months respectively. And the rise in staff appointments reflected an increase in vacancies, with overall demand for staff growing at the fastest pace since last June.  Demand for IT and computing workers showed the strongest growth.

However, employers are still not recruiting in large numbers, according to the report which is based on a monthly survey, of 400 recruitment and employment consultancies.

Commenting on the findings, Bernard Brown, head of business services at KPMG, said:

“The latest figures are encouraging. Employers across all sectors have been expanding their workforce in January, with no real pressure building on wage inflation.

“Importantly, there was a real bounce from the previous month’s figures for blue collar, engineering and IT related jobs. However, it is too early to speculate whether these are the signs of a private sector led recovery. With looming public sector job cuts, the VAT rise and slowing economic growth, the UK job market is likely to remain volatile over the coming months.”

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