While compared to the UK, Europe and America our economy is in fairly good shape, it is still a tough time to be looking for work....
There are still skills that are in demand in certain job roles and sectors who will be snapped up straight away, but there are also many areas that have experienced a downturn. I personally was looking for work mid year 2012 and it took me longer to find work this time than any other time in the 6 years we have been here.
I spoke to an agency contact who I get on well with and they were telling me that other recruitment agencies are making staff redundant or they are on reduced hours as there is just not the work out there for them to be chasing and recruiting to.
I think it is important that people realise that you may not walk straight into work (but some will) and to keep this in mind.