A key message coming out of the REC Technology conference was that there is increasing optimism in the sector, with recruiters upbeat about the prospects for 2012 as hiring activity in the private sector compensates for public sector cuts.
Business feedback correlated with the recent REC/KPMG Report on Jobs, which showed growth in permanent placements has reached a nine-month high, with technology and engineering staff most in demand.
Jeff Brooks, chair of REC Technology, commented: "The latest Report on Jobs data ties in with the feedback on the ground from recruiters at the high end of the jobs market. Employer confidence is improving slowly which is leading to increased hiring activity."
However, he noted that the challenge facing the sector is that there is a lack of suitable candidates for highly-skilled roles, which is a problem the recruitment industry can help to solve in the months and years ahead.
The promotion of careers in growth sectors through working with schools and taking part in proactive initiatives will also help to plug the gap, Mr Brooks added.
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