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Job market recovery will gather pace during year

RECRUITMENT consultancies have signalled further growth in the number of staff appointments in January, as the UK job market continued its return to health.

According to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG report on jobs, published yesterday, the growth of permanent placements eased from December’s peak but remained strong. Temporary or contract staff billings continued to rise at market pace.

The report also forecast a further improvement in job market conditions for 2010, but warned that growth in pay remained lacklustre.

KPMG’s Bernard Brown said: “The UK jobs market is continuing its journey back to health.”