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Part-time vacancies up 44% in a year

The number of part-time roles advertised has increased by 44% since the same time last year, according to figures released by reed.co.uk.

The biggest rises in advertised part-time roles are in manufacturing (+163%), retail, and construction and property (both +120%). The number of part-time vacancies in HR is 23% higher than one year ago.

The only sector to see part-time jobs decrease over the past 12 months is strategy and consultancy, which have fallen by 57%.

The North West has experienced the sharpest rise in part-time vacancies – up 87% year-on-year. In London, there are 27% more part-time roles than this time in 2013.

Reed.co.uk chairman James Reed called the figures "very encouraging for job-seekers and businesses alike".

"A business ramping up through part-time roles suggests a gradual and cautious approach to staffing, maintaining flexibility while still focused on job creation," he said. “Overall, it’s a very buoyant labour market. And with growth visible in such sectors as manufacturing, construction and retail, it’s an indication of key industries returning to growth.”

London recruitment up

Separate research by Morgan McKinley suggests recruitment in London is continuing to grow at a brisk pace.

The Morgan McKinley London Employment Monitor shows advertised vacancies in the capital up 10% from June 2014 to July 2014. It also found starting salaries are up by 20% across the same period.

Morgan McKinley operations director Hakan Enver expressed surprise that hiring has increased despite an expected "seasonal dip" associated with recruitment in the summer months.

"The monthly rise of 10% is in keeping with widespread reports that Britain's recovery has pushed the economy past its pre-crisis peak," he added. "And record employment growth will help drive down Britain’s jobless rate to pre-crash levels this year."