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Reduced hiring demand coupled with increased job-seeking levels in December 2012 ended another challenging year for the UK labour market, according to the latest ICAP UK labour market indices.
This showed that recruitment demand among UK employers fell for the second consecutive month, while job-seeking levels grew by +4.9%.
But in December, temporary vacancies grew by +7% when compared to a year ago. Permanent vacancies fell by -5% in the month.
From October to December, medical & nursing as well as education & training had the highest growth rates in temporary vacancies. Travel and tourism continued to suffer with both permanent and temporary vacancies experiencing year-on-year declines which also impacted the banking sector where temporary jobs were down by -21%.