By Marcus Leach

Job opportunities in the private sector have fallen in April according to data released by Reed recruitment agency.

There was a 2% drop in vacancies compared with March according to Reed's index, with March having already seen a decrease from February's figures.

These figures should not cause too much concern given that the index shows demand for jobs is up 22% on last year. Reed says that the yearly rise is due to private sector growth, as new public sector jobs are down significantly.

Martin Warnes, managing director of Reed's online services, said that April's fall was not that surprising "as the Easter and Royal Wedding holidays led to a disjointed period for UK businesses".

"Clearly business growth has been sustained at a higher level than the last quarter of 2010, but continued recovery remains difficult to predict."