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Scotland – Temporary jobs rise sharply

17 September 2012

The number of temporary jobs in Scotland has risen “strongly” last month while permanent placements saw a further reduction, a survey of recruitment agencies has shown today.

Temporary staff billings increased for the second month running although the number of vacancies eased to a six-month low, the latest report on jobs by the Bank of Scotland has found.

The availability of temporary workers also fell to the greatest extent seen in nearly five years.

Permanent placements were down for the second month running, with the rate of decline accelerating from July. Demand for permanent staff overall increased “modestly”, seeing the weakest rise since the start of the year.

“The Scottish labour market showed a welcome improvement in August with increases in temporary jobs and a rise in vacancies for both permanent and temporary jobs,” said Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland.

“However, appointments to permanent jobs fell for the second successive month illustrating the challenge of maintaining the overall trend of increasing employment. The Scottish economy is showing resilience in the face of the global slowdown.”

Temporary workers in the IT & computing sector were most in demand, followed by secretarial & clerical, and the nursing/medical/care markets. The only industry not to show an increase in short-term assignments was the blue collar sector, where the number of available jobs remained flat.

The fastest decline in permanent jobs was recorded in Aberdeen. Meanwhile, the only region to post a reduction in temporary staff billings was Edinburgh while the biggest growth in temporary jobs was recorded in Dundee. 

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