Employment boom steams on into 2013

Ben Southwood
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STEAM in the jobs market showed no signs of dissipating by the end of last year, according to data out this morning.

UK jobseekers faced more job opportunities in the final three months of 2012 than at any point since records began three years ago, recruiter Reed said, with 81 per cent of sectors in better shape than a year before.

The overall Reed Job Index was down from 140 in November to 134 in December, but stayed well above last year’s 121.

“2012 has been a year of consistent recovery for the jobs market,” said Reed.co.uk managing director Mark Rhodes. “We have seen growth across the board in the majority of sectors and regions and employers become increasingly less cautious about their approach to taking on new personnel.”

Northern Ireland and the North East posted the highest growth among the regions, all of which enjoyed some improvement, with already-strong London also seeing opportunities up 10 per cent over the year.