04.05.11

Job Demand Dips in April

New figures show that job vacancies dipped during April 2011 compared to March, according to the latest Reed Job Index.  However, vacancies were up by 22 per cent up on the same month last year.

Demand from private sector employers is continuing to drive this year-on-year increase in new job opportunities.  New vacancies in the public sector are only half the level they were when the Index began.

The Index tracks the number of new job opportunities compared to the previous month and against a baseline of 100 set in December 2009. The Index is based on data from the UK’s largest job board reed.co.uk.

In April, employer demand continued to rise in nine of the job sectors, including: Customer Service; Engineering; Estate Agency; Human Resources; IT & Telecoms; Security and Safety and Social Care. 

From a regional perspective, only Scotland and Yorkshire & Humberside saw a rise in job demand, London remain unchanged but all the others saw a fall in the Index.

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