The number of part-time jobs available in the UK has seen a dramatic uplift in the past year.
The Reed Job Index, which tracks the number of new vacancies available across every industry and in every region of the UK, reports 44% more part-time job vacancies in July 2014 than at the same point last year.
Overall, it's a very buoyant labour market with the Reed Job Index for July standing at 217, its highest level since the index was set at 100 in December 2009. There were 35% more vacancies available in July 2014 compared to the same month last year.
Amongst the fastest-growing industries so far in 2014 are Motoring & Automotive (+75%), Construction & Property (+65% more vacancies year-on-year), Hospitality & Catering (64%) and Transport & Logistics (+62%) The top growth sectors for part-time jobs advertised are: Manufacturing (+163%) and Retail (+120%).
Every UK region showed year-on-year growth during the first seven months of 2014. Wales saw the largest growth, with more than 46% more new vacancies than the same period last year, whilst Northern Ireland saw the biggest growth compared with June 2014 at 30%. The North West of England has seen the highest levels of growth in part-time jobs - 87% in the past year.
In spite of encouraging jobs growth across nearly every sector of the economy, salaries on offer in July 2014 are still lower than December 2009 when the index was set. The Reed Salary Index edged up one index point in July to 98.
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