The past couple of years have been a difficult period for jobseekers with the fallout from the banking crisis continuing to have negative effects. Some countries have been harder hit than others and in Europe there has been a particularly mixed picture.

The relative strength of the German economy has meant that it has avoided the worst of the problems when it comes to job vacancies whereas Spain has seen record numbers of people unemployed.

UK jobs

Here in the UK the number of vacancies for permanent job positions has risen for the third month in a row. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has recently released figures which show a promising trend is already underway when it comes to long term jobs; with computing and IT industries the driving force behind the numbers.

Temporary jobs

It isn’t all good news though, with the temping sector seeing available vacancies fall for the first time in more than 30 months. This is in some part due to new regulations covering agency workers which has meant that some employers are making positions that were previously based on temporary contracts into more permanent positions, which in turn is good news for the employees concerned.


Starting salaries being offered for the new surge in permanent positions appear to have remained unchanged after a small decline was reported in February 2012. Candidate suitability, especially in the technology sectors, is deemed to have risen at a weak pace and the skills employers are looking for are becoming stricter.

Randstad recruitment agency is one of the leading companies involved in making sure that only the right candidates are put forward for suitable positions. This has the result of being best practice for both employers and jobseekers by matching the best people to the right vacancies.

Jobseeker optimism

The stagnation of starting salaries isn’t deterring people from looking for new positions, with over a third of workers reported to be looking at new job opportunities in the coming year. Some of this could be due to an increased awareness amongst workers of how train and travel costs are eating away at their pay packets, with many looking to have a shorter commute by working closer to home.

The high street effect

The retail sector has seen some major closures with several familiar names disappearing from high streets around the country. Sales jobs are becoming more of a fluid market with the effect of pushing people into more permanent positions in other sectors.

Business confidence

When the job market opens up as it seems to be currently doing there is an increase in confidence amongst jobseekers who are more likely to look for new roles. Although this can lead to some businesses becoming worried about staff moving on, the current stagnation of salary increases look likely to strengthen the desire for workers to look for new opportunities.