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Increase in demand for new workers

4 July 2011

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The overall employer demand for new workers has risen in recent weeks, with strong growth recorded in key job sectors such as insurance and engineering, new research has found.

An increasing number of new jobs are on offer in professional services and traditional industrial sectors, such as accountancy and engineering, according to recruitment firm Reed.

Job opportunities rose over the past year, with East Midlands and East Anglia recording the sharpest increase recently.

Despite the increase in demand for workers, salaries for new jobs remained stable, the study found.

Martin Warnes, Managing Director of, said: “Demand for skilled, highly-qualified staff has fuelled this month’s increase.

“Key job sectors such as insurance and engineering reached the highest levels we have experienced since our job index began 18 months ago.

“In spite of residual concerns over the economy, opportunities for jobseekers are growing again as employers look for the talent they need to support their ambitions for the future.”

Copyright Press Association 2011