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UK – Business confidence returns, job market strengthens

08 February 2013

Job opportunities in the UK grew by +12% in January when compared to a year ago, according to the latest job index by Reed. The majority of sectors saw an increase in jobs, particularly in the social care, education and health and medicine sectors.

11 out of 12 areas in the UK saw annual growth. In the North East there are now over 30% more opportunities on offer from a year ago with a further eight regions seeing annual growth of over 10%.

“Throughout the downturn a number of commentators have been predicting a torrid time for the UK jobs market but, five years later, they have all been proved profoundly wrong,” said James Reed, chairman of reed.co.uk.

“Today's reality is a steadily strengthening jobs market, with the Reed Job Index data showing that the demand for new staff has grown robustly over the past 12 months. Jobseekers are also becoming more active, as they grow in confidence to pursue new opportunities.

“This has been evidenced by record visits and registrations on reed.co.uk over the last month.” He also said that business confidence is returning and any recession was unlikely to be long-lasting. 

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