The number of full-time vacancies and temporary positions had increased back to 2007 levels by the end of last year but all eyes were on whether or not that bounceback could continue.
According to the latest monthly job report by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation the IT sector performed well with the sector displaying the fastest growth of permanent positions and the second highest number of temporary roles just behind secretarial and clerical.
"The UK jobs market is continuing its journey back to health. Placements of permanent and temporary jobs have been rising again in January although at a slower pace than a month before," said Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG.
Brown said that confidence had returned to the private sector but the "starting gun for a public sector recession has only just been fired" adding to the forecast that the overall recovery in the employment market will be bumpy.