September 8, 2009 / 11:16 PM / 11 years ago

Job placements rise in August - REC/KPMG

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of job appointments rose in August for the first time in over a year, a monthly survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and accountants KPMG showed on Wednesday.

For permanent placements, the index rose to 50.6 from July’s 46.1, its highest level in 17 months and above the 50-level that separates contraction from expansion. For temporary staff, the index rose to 50.3 from 45.1, its highest since July 2008.

“For the first time in 17 months, this month’s report shows signs that the UK jobs market is improving,” said REC Chief Executive Kevin Green. “It seems that employers are becoming more confident in their hiring decisions.”

Wages continued to decline in August, though at a slower pace than in July for both permanent and temporary staff.

Reporting by David Milliken, editing by Mike Peacock

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