31 October 2011
Every region of the UK saw an increase in job numbers over the past month, according to the latest Job Index from recruitment company Reed.
Reed's October Job Index showed a figure of 129 for October, an
eight point rise on September's result. The increase means the
number of jobs is now similar to that shown at the start of
The Index also showed that employer demand is up by 23% compared
to the same period last year.
The growth in job numbers was most pronounced in Wales (index up
12 points), London (+10) and Scotland (+10), but even the
slowest-growing regions (East Anglia, North East England, North
West England) registered rises of 6 points.
Charities and the voluntary sector saw a huge rise of 43 points
on the Index, with IT and telecoms the second highest riser (index
up 24 points) and transport and logistics in third place (+19). The
banking industry, energy, engineering, estate agency, general
insurance, purchasing, scientific, social care and training all
registered rises of over 10 points.
The energy and estate agency sectors lead salary increases with
seven points each.
Martin Warnes, managing director of reed.co.uk, says: "We do
need to be careful not to get carried away by one month's figures,
especially as this increase only brings us back to the level of
demand for new staff that the UK was experiencing in the
"Nevertheless, the rise suggests a return of employer optimism
to a level not seen for the last eight months."
The full data of the October Jobs Index can be found here: