Confidence among employers about job creation remains "fragile", while young job-seekers face the worst labour market in 20 years, according to a report published today.
A survey of 400 recruitment consultancies shows that a shortage of chefs, nurses, engineers and internet staff is starting to emerge.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) also said the number of people placed in new jobs increased last month, but at a slower pace than earlier in the year.
Kevin Green at REC said: "We are concerned about the British jobs market. Growth is rapidly slowing as public sector job freezes start to bite and private sector employers' confidence remains fragile."