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The Report on Jobs for June 2011 by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, reveals the slowest growth in demand for employees since August 2009. The figure for people obtaining employment in May this year reached 55.1, dropping to 52.2 in June. There was only a slight rise in figures for the recruitment of temporary contracts, which was slightly down on May’s figure.

In terms of vacancies for temporary staff, the number rose at the slowest rate since November 2010, with the overall level of recruitment being at its slowest this year. Although the rate of recruitment has slowed considerably, the demand for employment is on the increase with the number of job seekers increasing. A partner at KPMG, Bernard Brown said:

“There has been a marked deterioration in the UK jobs market with permanent placements growing at their weakest rate in almost two years. Employers across all sectors are very cautious about hiring new staff-and a quick job market recovery in the UK now looks increasingly uncertain.”

According to Brown, the instability of the export markets in major European countries coupled with high energy costs had resulted in businesses cutting costs rather than investing in new staff. A large number of job seekers have become increasingly interested in positions in the IT and engineering sectors, although employers maintain that necessary skills are still in short supply. The level of pay has also decreased, although experts state it will rise in accordance with the skill levels of specific job roles.

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