Employment statistics may not look promising at the moment but industry officials are still optimistic for the rest of the year.
Commenting on the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said that it still expects to see more job vacancies coming up in the future.
Head of policy, Katie Shoesmith said that: "recruiters are telling us that they are seeing employer confidence returning, illustrated for instance by the hiring process starting to speed up and decisions about taking people on being made more quickly."
The ONS statistics showed that 2.52 million people are unemployed in the UK, meaning that 15,000 more people became unemployed across the first quarter of 2013.
Yet there have been signs that employers are more keen to expand their workforce this year, which has been supported by the REC's Report on Jobs.
Small to medium-sized enterprises said at the start of the year that they were expecting demand to grow this year and wanted to hire more staff to support this.