Jobs market starts the new year with a bang

 
Chris Papadopoullos
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The jobs market found new energy at the start of the year, according to survey figures released this morning.

Job applicants soared in January, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said. Growth in permanent placements also rose.

Better candidate availability was reported by 25.5 per cent of recruiters, compared with 6.9 per cent in December. More permanent staff placements were reported by 46 per cent of recruiters compared with 33 per cent in December.

“The jobs market has started 2016 with a bang – our latest data shows strong growth in demand for staff and in permanent placements. Professional service jobs are among those leading the way, with marketing and commercial roles especially in demand as businesses seek to make the most of the good economic climate,” said REC chief executive Kevin Green

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