Firms in the North West have seen a sharp increase in the number of permanent jobs on offer, according to a Preston-based expert.
A new study by accountants KPMG revealed the amount of permanent placements increased for the fourth successive month during December, the fastest rate of growth since March 2010.
Nationally, only London registered a fall in permanent staff placements. Richard Evans, office senior partner at KPMG in Preston, said: “Contrary to the wider UK, which saw the pace of recruitment growth slow, expansion in the number of permanent staff placements in the north was at a 33-month high, highlighting the improving confidence of northern corporates and their willingness to increase head counts and target long-term growth against the uncertain backdrop.
“However, there are signs that individuals in the North would rather stick with what they know as the number making themselves available for permanent roles dropped sharply, compared to a more modest decline nationally.
“This is despite permanent salaries in the north rising for the tenth consecutive month in December.”