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Scotland – Temporary jobs at highest rate in 21 months

15 July 2013

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs signalled a marked improvement in Scottish job market conditions in June. Staff placements continued to rise on the back of the strongest rates of permanent and temporary vacancy growth; in 14 months and 21 months respectively.

“June’s Labour Market Barometer rose to 58.5, its highest index level since October 2007. Both the number of people appointed to permanent and temporary jobs rose in the month accompanied by sharp rises in vacancies. Improvements in job market conditions were spread across all sectors. These results signal a further strengthening of the recovery in the Scottish economy and bode well for employment throughout 2013,” said Donald MacRae, chief economist at the Bank of Scotland.

Across the whole of Scotland, average billings from temporary staff increased at a solid pace in June, albeit the at a slower rate than in May. Dundee saw the fastest increase in temporary billings, with increased hourly pay highest in Dundee and Edinburgh. Recruiters in Aberdeen and Glasgow, however, saw the strongest deteriorations in both permanent and temporary employments. 

Candidates seeking temporary work fell for the second consecutive months in June with the rate of decline at its sharpest since October 2007. Demand for temporary staff increased in seven employment sectors during June, led by nursing/medical/care. The only sector to see a reduction from May was executive and professional.  

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