A survey by a leading sales recruitment agency has reported that vacancies for sales jobs in the UK have seen a 16 per cent rise in the last year.

Sales employment specialist, BTA Sales Recruitment, said that rises had been seen across most private sector sales divisions and that positions in business service companies were being created and advertised with particular increasing frequency.

The director of BTA UK, Ian Harwood, said the statistics had come as outstanding news for the UK’s abundant sales workforce, which has been particularly hard hit by the global recession.

“In more recent times we have been experiencing an increased volume of sales vacancies in business services,” he explained. “The research doesn’t really surprise me; we noticed this trend about three or four months ago.”

Breaking the numbers down by sector, vacancies for IT sales jobs experience a staggering 19 per cent rise in the figure for January 2011, compared to January 2010. Financial sales recruitment also showed healthy, if more moderate, growth, rising by 6.2 per cent. Manufacturing sales vacancies also experience a slight rise, of 1.7 per cent for the same period.

Speaking on the results Geoff Newman, chief executive of Recruitment Genius feels “This is a really positive sign of recovery in the UK. More sales people will inevitably lead to more wealth and job creation and shows confidence being restored amongst business owners.”

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