Recruiters are reporting that more of their clients are finding permanent jobs as businesses grow in confidence and look to hire more staff

Recruitment agencies saw the number of workers on their books finding permanent positions rise for the seventh consecutive month in April, according to a new report.

Research carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and auditors KPMG found that more people were placed in permanent employment last month, but the number of workers finding temporary roles fell in April for the first time in nine months.

April also saw easing inflation of the salaries of permanent workers, with the lowest rise since November last year, while rises in temporary pay were also held back.

A four-month period of decline in the availability of permanent workers came to an end and levelled off last month, combined with a small lift in the numbers of temporary staff, the slowest rise of the year so far, the employment agency research shows.

It revealed that growth in permanent positions was highest in the Midlands and the South of England, with the number of roles in the capital also up slightly. There was no real difference in the north of the country in permanent roles, but a rise in the number of temporary and contract jobs there rivalled that of the Midlands, with London and the South reporting falling figures.

There was reduced demand for all workers in the public sector, but better news from businesses in the private sector, which saw a jump in their need for permanent staff.

Among the nature of the jobs on offer, engineering and IT and computing companies needed the most permanent workers, with less demand for hotel and catering staff, the study shows.

The figures indicate that demand is increasing, according to REC chief executive Kevin Green. He said the steady increases in people finding permanent roles prove that businesses are becoming more confident in their operations and critics could no longer claim that the improving employment figures are down to people finding 'the wrong kind of jobs'.

Employers are hiring more readily now and recruitment agencies are reporting far more client confidence than in recent months, Mr Green said.

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