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New research by staffing firm the Venn Group suggests that temporary hiring levels across the UK increased by +5.2% in the three months to December when compared to a year ago. Vacancies within the private sector jumped by +32% in the quarter.
In the Midlands, the number of temporary jobs grew by +33% across all sectors while the North East doubled its temporary employment levels.
Vacancies within commerce and industry rose nationwide by +32.8%. But in London, employment levels in this sector dropped by -34% in the quarter.
The number of financial services jobs is still in decline with vacancies falling -34.3% from a year ago. In the public sector, temporary jobs grew by +32.9% across the UK.
Robert Bowyer, Director of Venn Group, said: “The economy is showing positive signs of recovery and temporary employment levels in the UK remain strong. Between quarter four 2011 and quarter four 2012, employment levels have slowly risen which indicates a long-term sustainable growth.
“Research from the Institute of Directors suggests that there is a growing sense of economic optimism for the year ahead amongst employers and long-term confidence has also increased. Official figures also continue to point towards an acceleration of job creation. There is no doubt that 2012 was an unusual year – yet despite the Olympics and additional bank holidays the signs are positive that the temporary labour market is well on the road to recovery,” he said.