Temporary and permanent recruitment increases, according to REC/KPMGNew data from a UK employment body has painted a picture of optimism for the permanent and temporary jobs market.

The latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and big four accounting firm KPMG revealed that number of long-term vacancies continued to rise in April, albeit at a slower rate than the previous month.

News of promising recruitment figures may interest people who are involved in their company’s HR strategy and practice.

According to the REC, temporary and contract staff increased at the highest rate since January 2008 and rates among those workers on short-term tenures also rose significantly.

REC chief executive Kevin Green called upon the new government, which could in office by Friday (May 7th), to "nurture the slowly improving but fragile jobs market".

He said a new administration was faced with the task of stimulating growth in the number of vacancies and cutting spending without triggering a public sector recession.

By Cameron Thomson