By Marcus Leach

The Reed job index, released on Monday, has shown that demand for new workers fell by 2% in July compared to June's figures.

Growth in the number of vacancies fell across a variety of sectors, including financial and customer services.

The data released created a mixed picture of the UK labour market; jobs on offer in London and the South East fell, whilst in Yorkshire, Scotland, Wales and the East Midlands opportunities increased.

"Economic confidence at the start of the third quarter appears to have flattened out. There is residual fragility in the economy which has dampened demand for new staff and continues to restrain salaries," Martin Warnes, managing director of Reed, said.

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