Professional hiring up 12% as income tax receipts reach record high

•    Permanent vacancies increase 12% year-on-year
•    Finance & accounting sectors thriving
•    Contract vacancies rise by 1% year-on-year
•    Average salaries climb, increasing by 2.9%

Professional recruitment firms now have 12% more vacancies on their books than this time last year according to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). This is despite the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealing that overall employment levels dipped by 67,000 in the three months to May 2015.