Those nice guys over at Broadbean recently carried out their annual UK Recruitment Trends Report. Unsurprisingly (given the start of the real economic recovery) the research shows that during last year we saw the total number of advertised vacancies increase by 5.5%. The bulk of that growth was experienced during the second half of the year. In each of the last 9 months in 2013 we saw vacancies in excess of the equivalent month from the previous year (after 2 of the first 3 months were actually at a lower level). This was in contrast to what we saw in 2012 where the stalling economy was apparent as vacancy volumes failed to increase year on year.