The number of permanent job placements made by recruitment consultancies rose by 7.6 per cent between April 2005 and March 2006, according to a new report.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's Annual Industry Turnover and Key Volumes Survey 2005/06 showed that overall turnover from permanent and temporary recruitment soared to a record £24.8 billion in the period, reflecting strong growth in the UK economy.
The majority of permanent placements were made in the secretarial and clerical sectors, which accounted for 30 per cent of placements, while computing and IT positions made up 15 per cent.
Secretarial and clerical placements were also the most popular among temporary placements, accounting for 24 per cent of applicants placed, while industrial and blue collar placements were second, accounting for 18 per cent.
Marcia Roberts, the REC's chief executive officer, said: "The fortunes of our industry are inextricably linked to the overall health of the UK economy, GDP and most other economic indicators remained relatively strong for the period of the survey and this year's Annual Turnover Report reflects this picture."
She added that most of the growth could be credited to temporary business bouncing back from last year's lull as well as a growth in permanent recruitment reflecting the demonstrable value offered to both clients and jobseekers.