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Office Angels sees optimism in the job market

Office Angels sees optimism in the job market

The job market remained steady during the first quarter of 2013, with average salaries for permanent general staffing roles remaining consistent. According to Office Angels’ mysalarychecker.com, any declines in average salaries were under 3%, indicating a competitive but buoyant job market.

The majority of positions saw a modest increase in salaries between quarter 4 2012 and quarter 1 2013. The greatest salary increases were seen amongst retail sales roles (7%) and sales advisor roles (6%). London continues to have the highest salaries for office based roles in the UK, with an average of &pound26,450, whilst Wales has the lowest with an average of just &pound17,222.

Office Angels Branch Managers from across the UK have reported a movement towards fixed term contracts, with employers showing a reluctance to commit long term . However, as many of these fixed contracts turn into permanent positions, the job market is showing signs of becoming increasingly stable. Pockets of growth have been seen in particular regions, with property and construction dominating in London and positions specific to the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen.

Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director at Office Angels said: “The patterns of the steady job market seen at the end of 2012 have continued into 2013. Individual branches throughout the UK have reported a positive start to the year with permanent positions increasing in quantity and salaries. 

“Companies are moving towards longer fixed term contracts, a sign of a healthier job market. We are forecasting a similar picture over the next quarter, with modest growth in the permanent job market and a movement away from short term contracts.

“Going forward, it is important that candidates maximise any opportunity available to them, as we are increasingly seeing temporary positions converted into permanent roles. “

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