UK jobs market showing signs of growth

A growing number of people are now finding permanent employment through recruitment firms, according to a new report.

Research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG shows that such agencies are placing the highest number of individuals into permanent jobs for two years as wages and employer confidence continues to pick up.

Temporary roles are also enjoying their highest growth rates for over two years, with positions being filled at the quickest pace since Christmas.

Demand for staff is at a three-year high, while vacancies are accelerating as well, suggesting the sun has finally come out to shine on the jobs market.

The latest figures are good news for workers and employers alike, not to mention those currently out of work and looking for a job.

Roles in areas such as sales and digital marketing have been added to the growing list of vacancies in the last couple of months and show no signs of disappearing anytime soon.

Elsewhere, positions in engineering and IT are in ever increasing demand as recruiters struggle to source the talent that businesses need to succeed.

REC chief executive Kevin Green admits this lack of talent across the country is a worry for the confederation, although the jump in people entering full-time work in pleasing to see.

"The UK jobs market has been agile enough to weather the recession and emerge with more people in work than ever before and has performed considerably better than our European counterparts," he said.

"Our main concern is that the soaring success of the jobs market and signs of economic recovery could be undermined if the Government does not do more to address the growing skills gap."

The skills gap will continue to get wider if the talent shortage isn't addressed soon, hurting employers and the unemployed even more.

Copyright Press Association 2013