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Output increase for 40% of businesses

In good news for the British business economy - and therefore arguably also the jobs market - official figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have revealed that the proportion of companies in England reporting improved output in Q4 2013 was up 40 per cent on Q3.

In terms of employment, firms which took part in the survey revealed that recruitment was similar to Q3 illustrating relative stability, which is positive news when set against such a backdrop of a struggling national economy and, in some areas of the country, employment crises.

Even more positive results showed that 20 per cent of companies in fact reported an increase in recruitment, which was the highest number to do so since the final quarter of 2011.

With other recent figures from the Office for National Statistics revealing a 0.3 per cent boost during January for the service sector and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation predicting a growth in hospitality and sales jobs in the near future, arguably jobseekers can feel hopeful that the jobs market is slowly - but surely - beginning to improve.

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