Upbeat jobs data adds to Carney cheer

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Figures published today offer further cheer to the new Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney. The KPMG/REC Report on Jobs for June shows permanent appointments have hit a two-year high, while temporary posts are enjoying their biggest growth since Christmas and employers are more confident about long-term stability.

The survey of recruitment consultancies revealed that demand for staff climbed at the strongest rate in three years while permanent staff salaries rose at the fastest pace for 23 months. The South posted the fastest rise in permanent appointments.

KPMG's Bernard Brown said: "It's often said that things happen in threes and the latest jobs data has provided the hat-trick, complementing positive reports about the services sector and UK GDP.

"It's such good news that, as Mr Carney reflects on the first week in his new job, he must be delighted as all the signs seem to be pointing towards an economy on an upward trajectory."