UK employment rises as jobs market growth hits six-year high

A new survey has revealed that job opportunities rose in July, as the number of agency vacancies reached a six-year high.

According to, KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) released their monthly report today (8th August). It reported that there were more jobs available through recruitment agencies than there have been since July 2007.

A lot of the positions weren’t around for long though – as the report found that the number of job vacancies being filled rose sharply last month.

All regions of England have seen a rise in employment, which is good news for those who are looking for jobs in London and other major cities. In particular the North and South of England saw the most positions being filled.

In addition, job agencies also saw that the number of permanent and temporary positions available increased. Permanent employment increased at its most dramatic rate since March 2010 and temporary placements were filled quicker than they have been in around two and a half years, reports

Those in permanent and temporary jobs saw a sharp rise in their salaries too.

Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, said: “Indications are that the economy is getting stronger. Confidence is certainly evident amongst employers; with many conserving cash for a number of years, they are beginning to invest in their people and, as the search for talent is stepped up, the jobs market is looking buoyant again.”

by Laura Varley on August 8, 2013

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