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National vacancies reach annual high, says employment agency

There were more job vacancies across the country in November than at any other point this year, according to job agency Reed.

Numbers released today show that the total number of jobs being advertised by the company was 11% higher than in December last year.

Average salaries for new vacancies have also increased since October although remain lower than 2010.

The agency reported that the private sector was demonstrating -accelerated growth+, with Scotland and London in particular showing the most noticeable increases in recruitment across the board.

Martin Warnes, MD of Reed's website, said:"Private sector demand for new workers is accelerating, and has spread across a wide range of areas, from Financial Services and Banking to Engineering and Scientific.  And while salaries remain below December 2009+s level, last month+s salary decline for new jobs has been reversed.

"Sustained economic recovery cannot be taken for granted, but the way employers are recruiting and building for the future is certainly encouraging."