Fourth consecutive month of job increases, says REC

The number of workers finding jobs in the UK has risen for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The organisation, which conducted a report alongside KPMG, found that the figures for both permanent and temporary jobs have again risen for UK workers across the country, according to

When looked at geographically, results show the North was the fastest growing area for both permanent and temporary placements during January.

Permanent placements proved to be second strongest in the Midlands, followed by full-time jobs in in London and the South, whereas temporary jobs were similar across most of the other regions.

The industries that showed the most growth in permanent recruitment throughout January were IT, engineering and construction, with strong hiring numbers also seen for staff in the nursing and medical sectors.

Talking about the results, Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG told “Amid the doom and gloom caused by predictions of slow growth, the hiring figures for January should give employers and employees plenty of reasons to be cheerful.”

He continued: “Demand for staff is at its highest peak for almost two years, meaning that employees who may have been too nervous to change jobs in recent months might consider the benefit of a fresh challenge.

by Samantha Bartlett on February 8, 2013

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