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Scotland – Job market improves, temporary billings rise

18 February 2013

Recruitment agencies in Scotland reported a clear rise in temporary billings last month, with the rate of growth being the sharpest in two years, according to the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs. The report also found a strong increase in permanent placements with staffing firms citing improved economic conditions for the increased demand.

“January’s Barometer signalled a continuing improvement in Scottish job market conditions,” said Donald MacRae, economist at Bank of Scotland.

“The number of people placed into permanent jobs remained strong while vacancies for both permanent and temporary staff grew in the month. These results reinforce the hope that the Scottish economy enjoyed moderate growth in January 2013.”

Dundee-based staffing companies posted the strongest growth rates for both permanent placements and temporary billings in January. But Edinburgh recorded the strongest decline in temp availability.

The number of vacancies for temporary workers rose sharply in January while demand for temporary staff was also up in January and contributed to a rise in average pay.

Demand for temporary staff rose in seven sectors during January, led by nursing/medical/care and followed by IT and engineering. The only sector to see a reduction was hotel & catering. Hourly pay for temporary staff meanwhile increased at a “solid” rate, but growth was slower than in December.

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