Slowdown in jobs creation continues

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THE North of England jobs market saw the slowest rise in permanent positions for 10 months in May with fewer temporary positions.

Accountants KPMG said the increase in permanent jobs in the North was ‘slight’, but continued a 10-month trend. The slowdown was mirrored by a trend across the UK, where the rate of expansion eased to the weakest of 2012 so far.

The appointment of temporary workers in the North fell in May after solid growth in April. The figures, from a survey of recruitment and employment consultants, show the number of people looking for work in the North rose for the 14th consecutive month. The number hunting temporary jobs increased for the 21st month.

Chris Hearld, senior partner at KPMG Yorkshire, said: “May represented the tenth consecutive month in which permanent employment grew, in absolute terms, across the region, so it’s not all doom and gloom.

“The slowing rate of employment growth indicates caution on the part of employers, which is hardly surprising given the continuing climate of uncertainty in which businesses are operating.

“The Euro crisis is intensifying, with serious implications, particularly for exporters who may face a drop in demand from the North’s most crucial markets.”