Job vacancies have reached a near two-year high of over 1.2 million, while average salaries are starting to show signs of recovery in parts of the country, a study shows.

The number of advertised vacancies is now the highest since November 2015, confirming that the jobs market has gone from strength to strength, said jobs site Adzuna.

Average salaries in London are up by 0.2% on a year ago, although advertised pay rates in other parts of the country are down.

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: "The rise in the number of vacancies highlights the resilience of the UK jobs market.

"Jobseekers are spoiled for choice by the expanding opportunities available.

"Although salary growth remains stagnant in most regions, it is encouraging to see London join Eastern England, Northern Ireland and Wales as an area where the green shoots of recovery are visible."

Jobs in the legal profession have increased amid a rise in crime and divorce rates, said the report.