Recruitment agencies report 2.29 million jobs boom

The growth in job advertisements has continued, with 2.29 million job offers now according to a new study.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation announced that the number of job postings has increased by more than 600,000 since the last week of August, including 235,000 new ads online last week.

The growth has spread across the country, making competition for employees even tougher, the report said.

REC CEO Neil Carberry said, “There has been a remarkable surge in job advertisements over the past month.

“Companies from almost every industry and geographic area are currently hiring, and with so much competition for employees, many companies have to offer higher salaries and benefits to get the people who need them.

“Now is a good time to look for work, but this recovery period will pass.

“To really move up, it is time the government worked with companies on skills, including lower-skill levels, capital investments and human resource planning, to ensure we have a soft landing after this boom.”

Wales saw the biggest surge in job advertisements last week, particularly in Swansea, the Gwent Valleys, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, and Powys, the report said.

Some of the strongest ad increases were in sports and leisure assistants, cleaning and housekeeping managers and supervisors, and library workers and assistants, REC said.

Advertisements for salespeople had also increased significantly in the run-up to the busy Christmas season.

Labor Secretary Mims Davies said: “The variety of opportunities available across the country is great news for job seekers.

“With our Plan for Jobs, we’re helping employers recruit and support employees of all ages and career levels to develop the skills they need to seize the next opportunity and advance their work.”

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