The growth in job vacancies hit the fastest rate in 15 years in November, according to the latest survey from the body that represents recruitment firms.
Its job vacancies index, which uses data from 400 recruitment firms, rose to the highest level since July 1998.
The strongest demand was for engineers, followed by nursing staff and other medical and care workers.
The report also showed that growth in salaries for permanent staff was the highest in six years.
Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, one of the report’s sponsors, said there has been a change in sentiment this year: “Six months ago – after almost five years of pain – most employers were wondering just how real the signs of recovery were.