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The Scottish labour market is “steadily improving” despite the economic slowdown in the summer months. Both temporary and permanent appointments increased last month, the latest jobs report by the Bank of Scotland shows today.
Edinburgh-based recruiters reported the strongest increase in permanent staff placements, while agencies in Glasgow saw the fastest rise in temp billings in October. But candidate availability for temporary workers deteriorated in the month, particularly in Dundee.
Overall, demand for temporary workers grew at its fastest pace since July. Contract and temporary staff were most in demand in IT and computing jobs, followed by secretarial, engineering & construction and blue collar posts. In October, six sectors posted a larger number of available temporary jobs, while hotel & catering and accounts & financial sectors saw reductions since September.
The survey also showed that salaries edged up in the month. Hourly pay rates for temporary workers rose further during October, although at the weakest rate in the last four months.
Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, said: “The Labour Market Barometer rose in October to its highest level in five months showing a rising number of people in both permanent and temporary jobs and an increase in the number of vacancies. Following the low point reached in July, the Scottish labour market is steadily improving in spite of the economic slowdown in the summer months.”
The survey questioned over 100 recruitment and employment consultants.