A growing sense of confidence among recruiters

growing confidence in UK job market

A growing sense of confidence among recruiters has been lent a boost by new research showing a year-on-year rise of 8% in the number of advertised UK job vacancies.

The figures are drawn from the UK Jobs Index, a research tool compiled by specialist recruiter Robert Walters that tracks job volumes across industry-leading job boards.


Employers in the Midlands delivered the biggest yearly increase, with job vacancy numbers up by nearly 12% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to a year ago.

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The Index also shows that the level of advertised UK jobs swelled by 3% between the last quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014. Increased job volumes in tax (up 15%), human resources (up 15%) and risk & quantitative (up 14%) reflect the steepest rises in quarterly demand.

“Among a range of encouraging signs from the Index is the variety of sectors and markets in which employer demand has been moving in a positive direction. By taking an objective measurement of changes across leading job boards we can see that in the UK, job creation isn’t confined just to London or the financial services sector" said Chris Hickey, CEO of Robert Walters.

By taking an objective measurement of changes across leading job boards we can see that in the UK, job creation isn’t confined just to London or the financial services sector

"We are hopeful of seeing robust growth in advertised vacancy levels both in the UK and across the continent throughout 2014.”

About the research

The UK Jobs Index tracks the total number of job advertisements posted to leading online platforms on both a quarterly and year-on-year basis. 

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