The number of job opportunities on offer across the country rose by four points compared to last month, to reach its highest level since the Index began. Job demand has risen 11% compared to December 2009, when the index was first calculated. Salaries for new jobs regained ground, with a two point increase compared to last month. However salaries continue to be subdued below the Index start point of 100, to give a Reed Salary Index (RSI) reading of 96.
Each month the Reed Job Index (RJI) tracks the number of new job opportunities and the salaries on offer compared to the previous month and against a baseline of 100 set in December last year. The RJI is based on data from the Reed job board.
Job demand rose to its highest since the Index started in nearly a third of the job sectors covered by the Index, showing accelerating growth across the private sector. Job demand reached its highest level in 11 months in business services (including banking and financial services), in promotion and new media (including marketing, media and digital), and across technology areas (with record highs recorded for new jobs in both engineering and science).
Job demand also rose across the UK. The capital saw a strong nine-point increase to a record London Job Index high of 110, while job demand in Scotland rose even higher, to record a Scottish Job Index (SJI) reading of 122.
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