Demand for new staff down in July

DEMAND for new staff dropped in July, with banking jobs continuing their five month decline from February’s high point, according to today’s Reed Job Index.

The index fell three points from June’s figure of 125, with sectors including accountancy, financial services and customer service all contributing to the overall decline.

Retail jobs, however, bucked the trend, with demand in the sector reaching its highest point since the index began. Retail vacancies were driven by a push for leisure and tourism staff.