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Warning over fragile jobs market

Thursday May 10th 2012

The jobs market remains "fragile", with unemployment expected to increase in the coming months, according to research among recruitment firms.

Information from 400 employment consultancies showed that permanent staff placements increased in April, but the rate of growth was the slowest since January.

Temporary jobs were becoming rarer, with fewer positions filled last month compared to March, said the report by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Bernard Brown of KPMG said: "The job market mirrors the frustration of April showers spilling into May. At first glance it is encouraging to see permanent job opportunities continue to improve, but there has also been a sharper decline in temporary placements.

"One ray of sunshine amidst the gloom is the Midlands, where engineering and construction opportunities have grown for the past six months.

"With the recent economic data in the UK and continued global economic uncertainties, the situation is unlikely to improve. Unemployment rates are likely to continue to rise in the short term. The question now is whether we start to push the three million mark."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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