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Construction job vacancies double in one year

The availability of construction jobs is running at almost double the level seen last year, according to a new report issued today.

Recruitment firm Reed said its jobs index - which tracks vacancies in all industries – had shown a 92 per cent rise in construction and property vacancies since July last year. This compared to a 17 per cent increase across the jobs market as a whole.

The company compiles its data from around 150,000 vacancies and more than 10,000 employers advertised on its website.

Its job index now stands at 161, up from 138 at the start of this year, against a baseline of 100 set in December 2009.

Job opportunities grew most rapidly in Scotland, closely followed by Yorkshire and Humber, and the North-west.

Chairman James Reed said: “Given recent statistics, which show an annual rise in property prices for all regions of the UK for the first time in over five years, it isn’t too surprising that jobs growth in the construction and property sector has been so significant.

But he said the growth in vacancies was not reflected in salaries, which were 1.5 per cent down on last year across all industries.

“Once workers are more generally experiencing improvements in their standard of living, it will be a recovery worth celebrating,” Mr Reed added.

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