Employers plan for growth by upping their recruitment as IT, finance, engineering and marketing jobs show 'sustained rise'

The jobs market has been boosted as employers plan for economic growth by stepping up their recruitment efforts, new figures suggest.

There are signs of a sustained rise in demand for staff from firms across several professional sectors such as IT, finance, engineering and marketing, according to the latest data from The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

And in further encouraging news for those on the lookout for new jobs, the figures indicate that things are looking up both in terms of temporary and permanent vacancies.

Demand for permanent staff is said to be 0.6% higher than last month while demand for temporary staff overall is up by 1.6%.

The particular increase in demand for temporary workers could reflect companies' increasing desire for a flexible workforce amid the challenging economic conditions.

There is also a specific online jobs section of the APSCo report, which also contains some positive reading.

It shows there was a 59% increase in property and construction permanent job vacancies and a 69% increase in contract vacancies advertised in June and July across the UK.

This appears to chime with a recent Rics survey that reported new construction projects in almost every part of the country and a net balance of 21% more surveyors reporting increases in workloads, a reading that was the most positive in six years.

Online recruitment data showed there was a 17% month-on-month increase in permanent engineering jobs and a 22% increase in contract roles, as the sector was boosted by a rise in energy projects.

APSCo chief executive Ann Swain said the encouraging jobs data is due to a "knock-on effect" from positive GDP data spurring on employers to be ready for growth.

She commented: "With both the retail sector reporting its biggest increase in sales for two years and the services sector reporting its fastest rate of growth for six years, we are cautiously optimistic of a sustained recovery in the professional employment sector over the coming months."

Swain also described the engineering jobs data as "encouraging" given the troubles the sector has experienced in recent years.

"The ongoing resilience of the engineering sector is obviously being driven by the huge increase in activity in the upstream oil and gas arena but as this is a global industry, the UK does have to compete heavily for talent with other locations - all of which need the same skill sets," she added.

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