Businesses reporting 'difficulties in recruiting for permanent roles'
Demand for staff has increased, but businesses are finding it difficult to recruit for permanent jobs, according to a report.
Vacancies rose last month, with demand for workers in private firms stronger than in the public sector, said the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
The availability of candidates to fill permanent and short-term vacancies fell sharply in February.
REC chief executive Kevin Green said: "Although permanent placements have hit a 12-month high, businesses across the UK are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit for permanent roles.
"The big question still remains about how employers will fill their vacancies.
"The Chancellor is expected to announce a boost for vocational training in today's budget and this is very welcome.
"However, it won't solve the immediate need for people to fill jobs.
"We're already seeing acute staff shortages in a variety of sectors, from healthcare to engineering.
"This is likely to get worse, especially if the Government continues to refuse the rights of EU citizens living in the UK post-Brexit."