by Ashley Curtis on September 23, 2011

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REC report shows modest pace of recruitment

Employers continued to recruit at a modest pace last month as permanent and temporary staff appointments remain healthy, reports Financial Times.

The latest Report on Jobs, a joint venture between KPMG/Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), analysed data from 400 consultancies in order to monitor the pace of private sector recruitment.

Despite the jobs market reportedly being in the midst of the “summer doldrums”, permanent and temporary recruitment showed a moderate increase; highlighting the resiliency of the market itself.

In addition, the survey – cited by peoplemanagement.co.uk – found that staff salaries also rose, putting a smile on the faces of jobseekers looking for a healthy pay-packet.

There was good news for those looking for jobs in London with healthy salaries – the capital was one of the cities experiencing growth in permanent salaries, registering 53.8 in the report where anything above 50 represents growth.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, praised the “robustness” of the UK jobs market: “In the face of a slowing economy, falling consumer confidence and high inflation, private sector employers continue to hire staff.

“The numbers are lower than three months ago but placements continued to rise in August, which has the 25th consecutive month of growth. We are confident that this trend is set to continue,” he added.