AN Aberdeen staffing firm expects to increase employee numbers by 25% this month after achieving strong growth on the back of the boom in markets such as oil and gas in 2012.

ETPM said it would recruit four people in January, reflecting continuing confidence in the energy industry.

The company recruited six employees in 2012 and increased staffing numbers to 15.

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Managing director Jeff Mountain said: "Investors are making significant moves into the subsea and renewables industry and we have also seen some very interesting new-start companies building momentum. That has led to the increased demand for personnel to support that level of activity."