Jobs and contracts in the construction industry have rocketed by 118.36% between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014, new figures from the leading job board CV-Library reveal.

Compared to the last quarter of 2013, there were 22.25% more job and contracting billings on CV-Library’s online job board in the first quarter of 2014. In the space of a single quarter, vacancies in leisure and tourism leapt by 91.98% and by 49.91% in management. Medical billings climbed by 32.18%, while art and design and construction completed the top five slots, rising by 32.18% and 31.64% respectively.

Umbrella Company Employees specialising in IT contracting can draw some comfort from the fact that, year-on-year, IT billings continued to rise, albeit at the relatively modest pace of 5.41%. Overall, there were nearly 44% more billings posted in Q1 2013 than in Q1 2014.

Candidate job-seeking activity was also up substantially, with job searches rising by 51% to hit 48 million in the first quarter of this year compared to the same time last year. At 856,000, the number of modified or newly-registered CVs climbed by 17% over the same period.

CV-Library’s managing director, Lee Biggins said: “These findings are really positive for the British economy. There are 22% more jobs posted compared to the final quarter of last year, and job seekers are using all available resources to find that next job. Key indicator industries such as construction are showing huge increases, and it is going to be fascinating to see if the market can sustain such growth going forward.”

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