Job appointments grew at their slowest rate in 14 months in October, according to a survey.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (Rec) and consultants KPMG said both permanent and temporary placements rose at their weakest rate since August 2009.
The survey claims to be the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market.
It said one reason for the slowdown was that fewer vacancies were appearing.
Average starting salaries. however, increased for permanent staff, with the rate of wage inflation at a three-month high.