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Employment levels rising

13 January 2014

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Both temporary and permanent job vacancies have risen over the last quarter, according to new findings.

The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs has revealed that the number of people placed in permanent employment continued to increase in December, with the rate of expansion the sharpest since March 2010.

Permanent growth was at its highest since October 2007. Kate Shoesmith, head of policy at the REC, said there are an increasing number of opportunities out there for those wishing to improve their career progression.

She said: “Increasing demand for temp workers has driven up hourly pay rates for agency workers for the 11th month on the trot. Growing confidence means more and more employers are willing to invest in their workforce and take on more people.”

However she added that skills shortages continue to remain problematic for employers, particularly in sales, business development and accountancy.