According to the Adecco report, fears that the positive figures recorded in January were only a reaction to the traditional post-Christmas boost were unfounded.
The report predicts that it is likely to be a positive year in terms of vacancy levels, particularly as permanent hiring has increased, which signals long-term confidence in the market.
Steven Kirkpatrick, managing director of Adecco, said the stability of the temporary jobs market also supports the results of recent research suggesting that the introduction of the Agency Worker Regulations had little impact on the way that UK businesses operate and recruit.
"This is great news for temporary workers, as there was much concern towards the end of last year that the new Directive - which entitles agency workers to the same basic pay and working conditions as if they had been employed directly - would lead to a cessation in the use of agency staff," he added.
Mr Kirkpatrick said the data gives the jobs market "a great confidence boost" for the year ahead, with confidence building among employers and staff alike as the year progresses.
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