The number of new job vacancies available in the UK from January to June 2014 grew by more than 25% year-on-year.
The Reed Job Index, which tracks the number of new vacancies available across every industry and in every region of the UK, stands at 213 for June, its highest level since the Index was set at 100 in December 2009. There were 30% more vacancies available in June 2014 compared to the same month last year.
Amongst the fastest-growing industries so far in 2014 are Construction & Property (+61% more vacancies year-on-year), Motoring & Automotive (+51%), Transport & Logistics (+45%) and Manufacturing (+42%). There has also been notable growth in support services, such as in the Legal sector (+66%) and Estate Agency (+42%).
Every UK region showed year-on-year growth during the first half of 2014. Wales saw the largest growth, with more than 39% more new vacancies than in the same period last year, whilst Northern Ireland saw the slowest growth at 17%.
In spite of encouraging jobs growth across nearly every sector of the economy, salaries on offer remain flat, with the Reed Salary Index remaining at 97 for the third consecutive month.
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