The number of people being taken on in permanent jobs rose at the fastest rate in nearly two years, a new study has shown.
Research by finance firm KPMG has shown the North witnessed an increase in the number of permanent jobs for the second successive month in October, outpacing the rest of the country.
It also saw the number of temporary placements increase for the third successive month.
Richard Evans, senior partner at KPMG’s office in Preston, said the figures showed the region was “stepping in the right direction.”
He said: “That is something which was barely thought possible just a few months ago and, while it may not be leaps and bounds yet, these are the largest strides for some time and come against a backdrop of improving economic conditions in the UK.
“The North, too, has outperformed the national rate of expansion in both contract billing and permanent placement growth, indicating its competitiveness and employers’ increasing confidence.”