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REC report shows positive news for jobs market

12 Apr 2012

Despite news reports frequently carrying information about the ongoing threat of unemployment in Britain, jobseekers are sure to have been encouraged by a report published this week by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.

It showed that there was a rise in permanent staff placements for the third consecutive month in March 2012, with some positions created to make temporary staff full-time in response to the Agency Worker Regulations.

Overall demand for staff also increased during the month, with vacancies available to jobseekers going up at the fastest rate seen since July 2011.

Those looking for computing and IT jobs could find their services particularly in demand, with the number of vacancies in these sectors at an eight-month high.

REC spokesperson Tom Hadley said: "This is good news for jobseekers and a positive indication of increasing employer confidence."

Indeed, a poll carried out last month by the REC found that employer confidence had increased in February to its highest level in a year.