The new Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)/KPMG Report on Jobs shows that there was a modest rise in permanent staff appointments for the first time in four months during January.
It indicated that there was an increase in the number of candidates available to fill sales jobs and other employment positions.
The data also revealed that permanent staff salaries rose marginally, while rates of pay for temporary and contract staff increased modestly.
Kevin Green, the REC's chief executive, said the Report on Jobs highlights that there is hope for the UK jobs market.
"It is particularly encouraging that six out of eight sectors surveyed show growth in demand, including engineering, IT and office professionals," he added
It comes after better-than-expected services data from the Purchasing Managers' Index was published last week, which suggested that confidence is growing amongst UK consumers, as well as businesses.
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