December 2012 figures: Jobs market begins 2013 at strongest for three years

Figures released for December show the final quarter of 2012 was the best performing for new jobs since 2009, with the Reed Job Index ending the year at 134 points.

Job demand

The final quarter of 2012 saw the highest number of new employment opportunities on offer for three years and a 10% year-on-year rise in new vacancies available during December.

25 of the 33 sectors analysed showed positive year-on-year growth during December, with 14 showing a rise of 15% or more. The Charity & Voluntary, Education, Security & Safety and Social Care sectors all showed annual growth of more than 50%.


Salaries on offer for new jobs grew by one point in December compared to November, with a Reed Salary Index of 98. However, salaries have shown a slight fall of 1% year-on-year.

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Comment from Steve Young:-

Here at Downtown Recruitment we saw very strong demand for permanent staff in October and November of 2012.  Temporary staff demand was also very strong for the same period although demand tailed off in December as we would normally expect.

We are currently optimistic for the first quarter of this year as our current vacancy pipeline is still quite strong.


About Steve Young

Steve Young is the Managing Partner of Downtown Recruitment who are based in Thame, Oxfordshire. Downtown Recruitment provide a wide variety of temporary and permanent staff to the local area covering a wide range of disciplines across the commercial and industrial sectors. View Downtown Recruitment's main website
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