The latest KPMG/ REC Report on Jobs reveals an increased number of ‘jobs on the table’ according to

The monthly benchmark survey, which questioned 400 recruitment agencies on their placements for the month, found that permanent placements grew at the fastest rate since 2011, while temp appointments also rose.

Split by industry, September’s strongest growing – and thus most in demand – sector was construction. It recorded 70.3 index points in September; anything above 50 points signifies growth on the previous month.

Executive / Professional and Accounting/Financial – into which categories estate agency personnel might fit – were ranked fourth and fifth respectively, with nearly 64 points each. The demand for temporary staff in those areas was similarly positive.

This growth possibly indicates that the recent and well-reported boom in the housing market is impacting resources and creating demand for more staff.

With the government’s Help to Buy phase two scheme kicking off, it’s likely that estate agents up and down the country will see their workloads increase, thus creating an even greater need for more staff.

Speaking to, REC chief Kevin Green said: “This month’s figures show the jobs market continues to be the success story in the UK economy with all regions and sectors experiencing growth.

“Construction has rocketed to the top of the sector list of permanent in demand skills. Government schemes for house building and infrastructure projects are hotting up and making a positive impact on a sector that has really struggled in the recession. The issue we face now is finding the skilled candidates needed to fulfil these projects and keep momentum in the industry going.”