Recruitment rise

A new report shows that two fifths of North-east businesses have been on the look out to hire new faces last year.

A new report shows that two fifths of North-east businesses have been on the look out to hire new faces last year.

Last year saw 43% of businesses in the region actively recruiting new staff, down 2% on 2004, according to the study by JobCentre Plus.

Vacancies in the North-east accounted for 3% of the total vacancies available across Britain.

Despite a marginal drop in the overall number of vacancies available across the country, the average number of jobs per employer in the North-east remains at more than six.

Employers in the region are also becoming more willing to recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds or socially excluded groups.

In 2005, 21% of employers in the North-east recruited older workers, 4% recruited refugees and 16% took on ex-offenders.

In addition to more employers looking to hire, more vacancies are also being successfully filled across the country - 88% last year compared to 86% in 2004.

Jobcentre Plus serves 61% of recruiting employers in the North-east and has maintained this level for a number of years, in a very tight labour market.

Lesley Strathie, chief executive, Jobcentre Plus said:

"The survey reveals a positive picture for the UK recruitment market. The number of employers looking to take on new staff has risen across the board and use of Jobcentre Plus services is at an all time high."

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