An increase in computer-related work has driven up the number of permanent job vacancies, according to new figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
A report from the organisation found this was the eighth consecutive month in which the number of vacancies rose, while candidate availability for permanent employment went up at a weaker pace than in previous months - suggesting that the jobs market is finally experiencing a good recovery.
Tom Hadley, director of policy and professional services at REC, commented: "We have seen a rise in permanent appointments every month in the first quarter of 2012 with vacancy growth now at an eight-month high. This is good news for jobseekers and a positive indication of increasing employer confidence."
He mentioned that the chancellor's recent tax changes, along with a reduction in red tape for businesses and the launch of the Youth Contract scheme should boost confidence among recruiters and accelerate hiring activity, which will be useful to jobseekers currently looking for career development opportunities.
"As demand increases, the need to address the disconnect between the skills employers are looking for and what job-seekers have to offer, will become more pressing," Mr Hadley said. "Expertise in IT and engineering, as well as workers in catering and driving, continue to be sought after."
As such, the government should do more to address supply, he added, such as ensuring school-leavers, graduates and job-hunters can access advice on the qualifications they need to secure their ideal employment.
Meanwhile, analysis from the Bank of Scotland reveals that private sector growth north of the border has led to the steepest monthly rise in employment since July 2007.
A report from the financial institution said that stronger growth could be partly attributed to a faster increase in incoming new business, which has resulted in a rise in staffing numbers, the Daily Record reported.