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Jobs market boost for December

Published: Wednesday, 12 January 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

December saw a "solid" rise in the jobs market, meaning potential opportunities for people on graduate schemes.

According to the latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, permanent and temporary staff placements both rose in December, although at a slightly slower rate than in November.

Recruiters responding to the survey also revealed that there was a significant improvement in the availability of candidates for temporary and contract positions last month, while temporary pay and permanent salaries both saw increased inflation.

However, the confederation remains cautious in its future outlook.

"While these figures continued to show private-sector employment doing well, the next few months will be very tough for the jobs market in the UK," Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, warned.

"With public-sector cuts, the VAT rise and slowing economic growth, we expect to see businesses being much more cautious about hiring in the short term."

This week, prime minister David Cameron urged Britain's leading employers to hire more job seekers in 2011 to take pressure of the public sector.

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