Professional recruitment firms now have 12 per cent more vacancies on their books than this time last year, according to survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (Apsco).
The number of permanent jobs available rose the most in finance and accounting, where there are 13 per cent more than last year.
It was followed by rises in all so-called core sector groups of IT, engineering and media and marketing vacancies which were up 11 per cent, seven per cent and one per cent respectively. Pay jumped by 6.6 per cent in the finance sector.
Apsco chief executive Ann Swain said the figures were a reflection of “greater market stability and confidence in hiring”.
“The fact that wages have risen so significantly is a sure sign that market confidence is soaring. Organisations are scrambling to get their hands on the brightest talent, and only those that can offer attractive remuneration packages stand a fighting chance,” Swain said.
“Contract vacancies within finance and accounting remain strong as organisations bring on board compliance specialists on a project basis to help manage legislation.”
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