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Half of West Midlands firms 'will recruit this year'
Wednesday, 02 June 2010
Graduate job hunters have been informed that almost half of the companies in the West Midlands plan to recruit new staff this year.
The latest Blue Book employment survey suggested that 48 per cent of employers in the region intend to expand their workforce before the end of 2010.
This represented a sizeable improvement from the figure for 2009, which stood at 26 per cent.
In addition, the study, which was carried out by international recruitment group Angela Mortimer, showed that 77 per cent of UK businesses have a 'positive outlook' for the rest of the year.
"The survey shows a very positive response to the recovery from employers across the UK and the Midlands seemed to come out particularly strongly," Julia Fouad, of Katie Bard, which is a division of the company, told the Coventry Telegraph.
"Permanent recruitment slowed down, but temporary recruitment remained buoyant throughout the recession. Now both look to be on the up."
Last week, it emerged that Lancaster University improved from 23rd to tenth in the Times Good University Guide during 2009.