LOCAL firms are open for business and are recruiting at the same levels as before the recession hit.
The figures are part of a report released by Segensworth-based recruitment firm Barclay Meade.
It says 66 per cent of firms in the south east recruited in the second quarter at pre-recession levels, compared to 48 per cent in the first quarter of the year.
It also found 10 per cent of firms in the region operating a recruitment freeze, compared to 17 per cent in the last quarter of 2010.
Barclay Meade director Anton Roe said: ‘This will provide hope to staff affected by the government’s austerity measures, that are gradually entering the job market.’