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The UK jobs market is healthier than a year ago despite a fall in growth last month, according to research by recruitment firm Reed. This has found that job opportunities increased by +11% in September when compared to the same month last year.
“While the number of new positions being offered slowed slightly in September, the wider picture is one of a steadying jobs market with a number of encouraging trends,” said Martin Warnes, managing director at reed.co.uk.
More than half of the sectors monitored by the recruiter offered more jobs than last year. Several industries continued to show strong month-on-month growth, including training, charity and voluntary and social care.
“The numbers continue to significantly outperform last year and in a number of regions that were among the hardest hit by the recession, the prospects for jobseekers are far rosier than they were this time last year,” said Mr Warnes.
"While the prospects for employment are improved, salaries on offer have slipped back, with more part-time, temporary and freelance jobs affecting the overall picture.”