Modest rise in permanent jobs suggests growth

The
number of people placed in permanent jobs by recruitment consultants has risen
for the first time in 11 months, according to research published by the
Recruitment & Employment Confederation and Andersen.

Report
on Jobs, looks at data from recruitment consultancies and employers, as well as
that of national newspaper recruitment advertising.

Tim
Nicholson, chief executive at REC said: "There is increased activity in
nearly all employment sectors, which is encouraging for agencies, and for those
seeking good quality permanent and temporary employment."

However,
although the figures signal a revival of employment growth, the increase in
placements was still only modest, as employers remained cautious about taking
on new staff.

The
report said private-sector companies are meeting short-term business growth
through the employment of non-permanent staff.

Average salaries awarded to people taking up permanent
positions and temporary and contract staff hourly rates have risen for the
third consecutive month.

By Quentin Reade

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