welsh valleys created 10,000 jobs during 2011
Around 10,000 full and part-time jobs were created in the Welsh valleys during 2011, according to new research by the Bevan Foundation.
Its study, which was commissioned by Working Links, takes a look at the employment picture in areas like Bridgend, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot and Merthyr Tydfil.
The research revealed that many of the positions created by organisations were of a temporary nature, providing people with the opportunity to add useful experience to their CV.
Marcella Maxwell, director of Working Links Wales, told WalesOnline.co.uk: "We became increasingly aware of a growth in part-time and temporary work, particularly in the South Wales valleys, and decided to commission the research to explore whether this anecdotal evidence had any validity."
She added that "many employers" are still recruiting, and there is some movement of staff between jobs.
Ms Maxwell went on to say that the economy is calling for an increasingly flexible workforce with portable skills, and that helping people to find and remain in work is of critical importance.
Employment in Wales is also set to be boosted by the recent awarding of contracts for the government's £17 million Business Start-Up Service.
It is envisaged that this could create more than 6,500 jobs over the next three years, with 2,000 new growth businesses receiving help