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Job vacancies up by more than 25%

Vacancies have increased by more than a quarter this year, driven by more jobs in transport, construction and manufacturing, according to a new report.

Employment firm Reed said there had also been a rise in apprenticeships amid government incentives to boost training schemes.

The biggest increase in apprenticeships have been in retail, technology and business and administration, said the study.

James Reed, chairman of reed.co.uk, said 2014 has been an encouraging year for jobs, adding: "We've seen the total number of vacancies advertised reach a six-year high, whilst there has been a return to growth in salaries across key sectors, driven in large parts by widely reported skills gaps in industries including engineering, technology and scientific research.

"Another notable feature of the job market in 2014 is the rapid rise in apprenticeships as employers recognise the value of building a skilled, home-grown workforce.

"With an election only six months away, the pressure is on the major political parties to ensure their proposed policies support a healthy and flourishing job market."

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