Jobs in manufacturing have increased by almost a quarter in the past year, a report published by Reed has shown.
Construction, engineering and retail have also shown strong employment growth, said the recruitment agency and job site.
Job vacancies have increased in all regions of the UK, Reed said, but growth has been notably evident in Northern Ireland and Wales.
James Reed, chairman of reed.co.uk, said, “There’s a lot of uncertainty in world politics at the moment, but our data shows that in spite of everything, the UK jobs market remains buoyant.
“Manufacturing is key to prosperity and as such is a vital part of any economy and that is why these figures are so encouraging.
“This is not a one-off either. The sector has been going in the right direction for some months now, which is reassuring news.”