The total number of available jobs in Britain rose at the fastest pace in over six years, boosted by rises in both permanent and temporary billings.

That’s according to the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG. Published today, the guide pulls data from hundreds of UK recruitment consultancies – including estate agency recruitment firms – to deliver the most comprehensive viewpoint of the UK labour market.

Cited by, the survey shows growth in permanent placements easing over August compared to July yet still remaining strong.

Total vacancies increased at the sharpest rate since the recession hit in 2008, with this fuelled by the fastest rise in temporary appointments since July 1998.

Improvements across both markets meant that less people were searching for jobs last month as the availability of staff for permanent and temporary roles both declined. The latest fall in full-time staff was slightly weaker than in July, while the availability of short-term workers dropped at the sharpest rate in six years.

In more good news for British workers, salaries for temporary positions rose for the seven consecutive month and starting salaries for permanent staff increased at the highest rate in five-and-a-half years.

REC chief executive Kevin Green told “August was an extraordinary month for the UK jobs market, with temp placements growth hitting a 15 year high.

“Vacancy growth has hit a six year high and fluidity is returning to the jobs market, so over the coming months we expect to see a noticeable improvement in official employment figures.”