'Bumper' Christmas for jobs market
Recruitment firm Reed said a study of 160,000 vacancies on its website revealed a 73% increase on a year ago in logistics and transport and a 49% rise in retail.
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Despite the increase in jobs, salaries remained unchanged, with wages at the same level as this time last year and 1% lower than in 2009, said Reed.
Chairman James Reed said: "Christmas is a crucial time of year for many businesses and a strong performance over the period can be the difference between a good year and a bad one.
"After a few years of disappointing Christmas performance, it's encouraging to see businesses recruiting with confidence as they once again look to the festive season as a cornerstone of this year's trading.
"However, the latest figures are not just a seasonal fillip. Core industries, such as manufacturing, continue to show strong jobs figures, adding weight to a growing body of evidence that growth will accelerate next year."
A separate report by Investors In People showed that almost half of workers are considering moving jobs in the new year amid feelings that the employment market has improved.
A survey of more than 2,000 adults revealed that one in four is unhappy in their job, often blaming bad management.
Valerie Todd, who chairs IIP, said: "The end of the recession is good news for businesses. However, an upturn in the economy means that dissatisfied workers now have more confidence to look elsewhere, so business owners who aren't doing all they can to value their staff can no longer be complacent.
"Our research suggests that many British workers have been biding their time during the recession and not actively looking for a new job. However, as the job market improves, companies who don't value their staff risk losing them to rivals and having to spend time and money recruiting and training replacements."