Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Optimism over job vacancy growth tempered by public sector concerns

Vacancies for permanent and temporary jobs increased again last month, showing that the employment market was continuing on the road to recovery, according to a new report today.

Research among 400 recruitment firms showed the availability of staff also rose, although at a slower pace than earlier in the year.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation research also revealed that hourly pay rates for temporary or contract staff increased at the fastest pace for over two years.

There were further “marked increases” in permanent and temporary appointments in April, but at a slower rate than in March.

Kevin Green, the confederation's chief executive, said: “The first test of the new administration will be to nurture the slowly improving but fragile jobs market.

“The incoming government must address two immediate priorities — stimulating jobs growth and reducing expenditure without creating a public sector recession through shedding thousands of posts.”

Bernard Brown of KPMG, which helped with the research, added: “While the UK's gradual emergence from recession is starting to lead to better job prospects in the private sector, many public sector employers have finally woken up to the scale of the financial challenge coming their way.”

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