The monthly Report on Jobs, carried out in conjunction with the KPMG, canvassed the opinions and activity of 400 recruitment agencies across Britain and found that more people were placed into permanent jobs in May than in April.
Overall, the most active industries were engineering and construction, which observed increases in both permanent and temporary staff hires during the month, while the Midlands saw the sharpest rise in jobs growth.
Overall demand for staff also rose in May, with increases in vacancies signalled for both permanent and temporary or contract workers.
Commenting on the figures, Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said it is interesting to see that niche areas that are seeing much stronger growth than the national average.
"In every month this year, the engineering and IT and computing sectors have seen solid increases in the number of workers recruited for permanent roles," he explained.
Mr Green also observed that, although the temporary staff market has not seen the sharp rise that the permanent market has it is important to note that there are still over a million people per week working flexibly.
"Employers value the ability to flex their staffing costs based on current and future demand. In temp work too there are certain skills that are still in high demand," he added.
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Source: The Sales Director News