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Scottish staffing firms reported greater client demand last month as the number of permanent and temporary staff appointments continued to rise in May, according to the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs.
Permanent job vacancies increased at the strongest pace since January while demand for temporary staff rose strongly in May, albeit to a lesser extent than in April.
Donald MacRae, Chief Economist at Bank of Scotland, said the report showed a strong improvement in Scottish labour market conditions. “The number of people placed into both permanent and temporary jobs rose in the month while vacancies increased across most sectors. These results provide further evidence that business confidence is slowly being restored enabling the Scottish economy to record much sought-after growth during 2013.”
Dundee-based recruiters posted the fastest rise in temporary billings although compared to other cities in Scotland, the availability of temporary staff at the same time deteriorated to the greatest extent in Dundee. Overall, hourly wages for temporary staff rose for the third consecutive month in May.
Demand for temporary workers increased in seven sectors during May, with Nursing/Medical/Care seeing the sharpest rise since January 2011. This was followed by IT/ Computing and Engineering/ Construction. In contrast, Accounts & Financial was the only sector to see a reduction in demand for temporary workers.
In May, the Bank of Scotland Labour Market Barometer rose to 54.7 index points, its highest level since last December.