The number of staff appointments increased in June, according to a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The study of 400 recruitment and employment consultancies showed an increase in the number of people placed in jobs, although it was at the slowest rate for five months. It also reported a further strong rise in permanent staff placements, with engineering and construction the most sought after. REC said more people were available for permanent and temporary work in June compared with previous months. Bernard Brown, of KPMG, which helped with the research, added: "Clearly, the proposed public sector cuts have not yet had an impact on the UK jobs market. However, it can now be only a matter of time before we will start to see the impact of the government's efficiency savings strategy, which is likely to leave hundreds of thousands of public sector workers looking for employment. "The big challenge will be to transfer as many of these jobs as possible to the private sector through outsourcing and divestment, otherwise the economy will be put under enormous pressure at all levels."