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Scotland – Temporary staff appointments see two-year high

21 January 2013

Staff placements rose strongly last month with temporary appointments seeing the sharpest increase in nearly two years while permanent placements were also up in December, new research suggests. Staffing firms said this was mainly due to greater client demand, the latest jobs report by the Bank of Scotland shows.

Scotland’s job market overall saw a strong improvement at the end of 2012. Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, said: “The Scottish labour market [is] improving at its fastest rate since May 2011.

“The number of people appointed to permanent jobs rose to an eight-month high while temporary job appointments increased at the strongest rate since January 2011. Vacancies for permanent staff rose strongly in the month. These results suggest the Scottish economy has exited the recent period of slowdown and is entering 2013 in growth mode.”

The strongest increase in temporary placements was recorded in Dundee where availability of temporary staff, at the same time, deteriorated to the greatest extent. Glasgow-based recruiters reported the fastest increase in temporary hourly pay.

Vacancy growth in the temporary job market quickened to a seven-month high in December. Demand for temporary workers increased in six sectors during December, led by the nursing/medical/care sector and followed by secretarial and IT industries. Demand for temporary staff in hotel and catering jobs meanwhile plummeted in December. 

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