Job vacancies rise in June

The number of job vacancies in the UK increased in June, making up for the fall reported in May, according to research from recruitment website reed.co.uk.

The latest Reed Job Index report showed that job numbers on the site increased from 112,104 to 115,217 in June. The total is 20,220 higher than the number advertised one year ago.

The rise in vacancies takes the index back to the level it was at in April 2011, and is 25% higher than it was in December 2009 when records began.

Demand for staff in the accountancy, manufacturing, insurance and engineering sectors now stands at the highest point since the index began.

Martin Warnes, managing director of reed.co.uk, said: “Skilled, qualified staff seem to be most in demand at this stage of the economic recovery, creating a high bar of entry into the workplace for those lacking experience.

“While this demonstrates just how much the UK has shifted to a high-skill economy over the last couple of decades, employers need to make sure they are recruiting and training the next generation of experts they require.”

Demand for staff in the public sector fell slightly from the level recorded in May, while the number of procurement and transport positions also decreased.

Salaries for new jobs remain flat, 2% lower than the level they were at in December 2009.

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