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The jobs market has been 'resilient' in the face of huge uncertainty surrounding the economic and political future following the Brexit vote, with the number of job vacancies rising slightly in early July.

After a subdued mid-June, in which employers appear to have put off hiring decisions in anticipation of the EU referendum vote, the latest job vacancies data from Adzuna suggests a return to normality. From 2-8 July, the second full week after the vote result, there was a 16% week-on-week rise in the number of jobs being posted across the UK, bouncing back from an initial post-referendum dip in job openings. These 636,603 vacancies represented the most new job postings in a single week since early June.

Overall, the number of jobs posted across the UK since the referendum (from June 24 to July 10) has grown by 1.4% per day.

The data shows gains across the country, with Wales and Northern Ireland showing the fastest growth.

There has not been growth across all sectors, however, with daily job posting for sales down 0.6% and hospitality and catering falling 0.1%. Though there has been concern about jobs in finance being moved abroad, this sector has seen a 1% rise in new vacancies posted. Property vacancies, meanwhile, rose by an impressive 9.1% - the biggest growth of any sector.

Doug Monro, co-founder and CEO of Adzuna, said: "As a job job search engine that indexes almost every job advert in the UK in real-time, we are uniquely positioned to see what is happening to the economy in real time.

"In the first 10 days of July, we have seen a promising upturn in the number of jobs being posted, reversing several weeks of slight decline. Given summer seasonality, we see this as an encouraging sign of a normal labour market, and in no means consistent with some of the disaster scenarios some people have feared. Businesses still need to hire and have placed over half a million new job ads in the last week, with over one million unique positions actively hiring. There is reason for our new Prime Minister to be cautiously optimistic."