Positive employment news was reported by reed.co.uk yesterday as job opportunities rose sharply in February, whilst salaries have also increased back to the level of 23 months ago. The recruitment giant’s report examines trends from over 8,000 UK recruiters and gave a Job Index reading of 140, the highest recorded since its creation in December 2009. Particular areas of buoyancy were reported across engineering, construction, scientific and qualified accountancy sectors. Salary increases were seen across areas such as banking, consultancy, customer services, retail and training. The North West of England and Northern Ireland showed the greatest increase in job vacancies. Managing Director of reed.co.uk, Martin Warnes, was happy with the figures but said caution is still needed,“Before we can talk about a return to growth, we would want to see job creation strengthening over the coming months.