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Temporary staff salaries hold up in economic uncertainty, says Office Angels

Salaries for temporary workers are not declining despite job market uncertainty, finds Office Angels.

The recruiter reports average salaries for temporary workers increased modestly for the third consecutive month in June.

In June, advertised temporary salaries rose by an average of 0.02% on May figures, which is a 0.05% increase on June 2011. In an indication that salaries are remaining stable, all temporary roles, from PA to customer services to telesales, saw an increase in salary on May figures throughout the UK.

But salaries for permanent roles reveal a more varied picture. Nationally, salaries for customer services roles experienced a significant decrease of -7.38% on June 2011 figures.

Across the South and East of England, East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber, advertised salaries for all permanent roles in June had increased on May 2012 figures.

Permanent salaries in other regions remained broadly consistent but London bucked this trend, with salaries for administrative, office manager, secretarial and retail roles declining since the previous month.

And salary decrease was most significant for office managers in London - permanent salary reduced -0.26% since May, considerably higher than the national month on month decease for the role of -0.05%.

Steven Kirkpatrick, MD of Office Angels, said: "Seeing advertised pay rates for all temporary roles increase, albeit modestly, for the third month in a row is a positive change. While we would be hesitant to claim this is indicative of wider economic upturn, it should give UK job seekers a glimmer of hope for their employment future."