Demand for permanent jobs continues to rise

The
number of permanent job vacancies increased for the third month running in
April and the number of temporary vacancies jumped for the fifth month in a
row, a survey finds.

The
Report on Jobs survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and
Andersen reveals that overall demand for staff at recruitment consultancies
increased at the fastest pace for 12 months.

Despite
increased demand for staff, separate research by CIPS finds there is a net
decline in private sector employment for the 11th successive month as job
losses continue to exceed the recruitment of new staff. However, the overall
net fall in employment in April was only very marginal and the smallest since
last September.

Average
salaries awarded to people placed in permanent jobs rose at the fastest rate
for eight months and temporary pay rates increased at the fastest rate since
September.

Tim
Nicholson, chief executive at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation,
said: "Demand growth for both temporary and permanent staff in nearly
every sector fuels confidence that the economic upturn is real and sustainable
and not just a blip."

By Ben Willmott

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