Ads for permanent posts level off and salaries stick with inflation.
After three years of job cuts, unfilled vacancies, static salaries and plummeting contract rates, the UK is seeing the first signs of a turnaround in the jobs market.
Over the past three months, demand for permanent staff appears to have bottomed out and companies have begun hiring contractors in greater numbers.
The public and finance sectors are driving the upturn in the jobs market, the latest SSL/Computer Weekly analysis of recruitment advertising in print and on the web reveals.
This was first published in September 2003