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added august 17th 2011

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REED sees summer boost in jobs

Ian Nicholas, HR & training director of specialist recruitment consultancy REED, comments on the labour market statistics for July 2011 published earlier today by The Office for National Statistics:

“Although summer is traditionally a quiet time for recruitment, with many decision makers and candidates away on holiday, Reed has seen encouraging positive data on the jobs market for July 2011.

“REED saw an upturn in both the temporary and permanent jobs market in July 2011, with temporary workers placed up 6% compared to the same period last year and the number of permanent jobs taken was also up by 6% compared to June 2011.

“The REED Job Index, which tracks job opportunities across the country, also shows that job opportunities advertised had risen a remarkable 20% when compared to July 2010. And, despite recent talk of a growing North/South divide in the jobs market, in fact both the North and South of England have experienced similar levels of growth over the past year. Job opportunities in the South are up 24 index points and the North has seen growth of 19 index points since July 2010.

“We have also seen some sectors perform particularly well during July, with demand in purchasing, leisure & tourism, construction & property and transport & logistics all up compared to June this year. Additionally, demand in the retail sector was at its highest level since December 2009, when the REED Job Index began.”

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