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LATEST figures claim the North East’s job market is bouncing back.

Manpower, a recruitment company, said the outlook for the final quarter of 2012 is a nine per cent increase in jobs compared to a minus one per cent increase for the last quarter.

The organisation says a number of sectors are hiring and nationally, for the first time in four years, companies of all sizes are taking on new workers despite the depressing economic environment.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from UK employers and asks whether they intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming economic quarter.

“The North East has recovered to the positive position we saw at the start of 2012 with heightened activity for roles in a range of sectors,” says Amanda White, operations manager at Manpower.

She said: “From manufacturing to renewable energy, from customer services to engineers, there are employers who are actively hiring, which is good news for jobseekers.”

However, Amanda said challenges still remain and skills shortages continues to be a strong theme in the region, including a persistent struggle in the oil and gas sector.