By Max Clarke

Figures released for January show a steep rise in employer demand for new UK workers, with the Reed Job Index reaching a new record of 113.

The survey, incorporating some 90,000 jobs and 8,000 recruiters, has revealed the following traits from across the UK job market;


Job Demand:

Overall demand for staff reached a new high in January, with a nine point rise across the UK compared to December 2010.
Employer demand reached its highest yet in over half of the 34 sectors analysed, with Charity & Voluntary, Marketing & PR and Media, Digital and Creative performing best.
Jobs available in Health & Medicine continue to fall, however, from 82 in December to 79 in January.


Salaries:

Salaries for new jobs available in January remained flat, giving a Reed Salary Index of 99, the same as December 2010.
Pay rates remain one point lower than when the Index began in December 2009, when the Salary Index was set at 100.


Regions:

January saw the Reed Job Index reach its highest level yet in the West Midlands and North East England.
In the capital, job demand climbed ten points from December 2010 to January, recording a London Job Index of 115.