Belfast Telegraph

Job vacancies 'at highest level for seven years'

A leading employment group has reported the highest number of job vacancies for seven years.

Reed said almost 250,000 jobs were on its site last month, an increase of 7% on a year ago, with big rises for work in health, manufacturing and consultancy as well as among charities and voluntary groups.

The biggest increases were in Northern Ireland, Wales and the North East, said the report, which follows yesterday's official figures showing record employment of almost 32 million.

Reed chairman James Reed said the figures showed that the UK's "charge" towards full employment continues, but he warned that clarity was needed over the rights of EU citizens.

"With high employment and such a large number of opportunities on offer, the UK jobs market has turned into a sellers' market. This means that jobseekers in many sectors can afford to be selective.

"If candidates from the EU are put off from applying for jobs in the UK due to Brexit or the lack of a guarantee of EU citizens' rights to stay in the UK after Brexit, then the scales could tip even further."

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