Fall in UK private sector job vacancies
Job vacancies in the UK’s private sector fell in April, according to the latest employment index from recruitment specialist, Reed.
The month registered a 2% drop in opportunities, compared with March, reflecting slower growth in the banking and tourism sectors, although vacancies were up 22% on an annual basis.
The year-on-year rise is due to private sector growth, as public sector vacancies continue to decline, and the IT and engineering sectors fared well in April although overall, salaries were down 1% compared with December 2009.
reed.co.uk managing director, Martin Warnes, is not surprised by the April downturn, commenting to the BBC: “Easter and Royal Wedding holidays led to a disjointed period for UK businesses”.
He added: “Clearly business growth has been sustained at a higher level than the last quarter of 2010, but continued recovery remains difficult to predict.”