Stephen Barter from KPMG told IBTimes that the economic recovery continues to translate into more jobs with more staff placements, which in turn is pushing up pay.

According to research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, which questioned recruitment consultants in Britain, the index hit 63.8 in April, up from 62.6 from March.

An index reading above 50 signals a higher number of placements/billings than the previous month.

But temporary/contract staff billings dropped slightly over the same period to 58.9 from 59.9 in March.

The research revealed that the demand for staff among UK employers remained very strong.

The Report on Jobs index for total job vacancies only fell to 67.2 in April, down from 67.3 in March – showing a slight drop in acceleration.