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Jobs market boosted by 6% rise in advertised vacancies


There was a real boost for the General Staffing sector last month, as the number of advertised permanent roles increased by 6% — offering some much needed reassurance to UK jobseekers that the positive figures seen in January weren’t merely in reaction to the traditional post-Christmas boost.

Permanent recruitment increase signals confidence

Those working in the General Staffing sector — or hoping to break into it — should therefore find solace in the promise of what could be a positive year in terms of vacancy levels; especially as the rise in permanent, rather than temporary hiring signals long-term confidence in the market. 

The jobs market in general did experience a slight decline in terms of advertised vacancies, but the IT and Telecoms industries bucked the trend with notable growth (3%), as did the Public Sector (2%) — which grew in terms of advertised temporary contracts.

AWR has had little impact

Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director of Adecco, commented: “As expected, there has been a slight decline in advertised temporary roles compared to January’s traditional increase; however, the decline is minimal and supports the results of our research which found that the introduction of the Agency Worker Regulations has had little impact on the way that UK businesses operate and recruit.”

This is great news for temporary workers, as there was much concern towards the end of last year that the new Directive — which entitles agency workers to the same basic pay and working conditions as if they had been employed directly — would lead to a cessation in the use of agency staff.

General staffing leads the way

It was however General Staffing that saw the largest growth in vacancy levels; driven primarily by a continuation of the Retail sector’s positive performance, which saw advertised permanent vacancies for February rise by 15%.

Steven Kirkpatrick went on to say: “This data gives the General Staffing sector — and Retail in particular — a great confidence boost for the year ahead. With each passing month, confidence is building in the job market.”

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