Scottish Recruitment Rises, But At Slower Rate

Recruitment in the Scottish labour market is continuing to show increasing demand - although at a slower rate than that measured in previous months. 

The most recent Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs showed that there was still growth in the number of people being recruited for both temporary and permanent jobs - with Dundee leading the way geographically. The rates of growth, however, were the slowest in five months for permanent roles and nine months for temporary roles. 

The Bank of Scotland's chief economist, Donald MacRae, said that the growth was welcome but that the decline in the rate was indicative of a worrying slow-down in the broader economy. 

"Recruitment agencies reported a continuing rise in demand for new staff and a higher number of people securing jobs," he said. "Permanent salaries increased for the sixth consecutive month but at a slower pace than May."

More than 100 recruitment agencies and employment consultants across Scotland are surveyed on a monthly basis for the report, with the surveying carried out by business information firm, Markit. 

Technical jobs in IT and computing are proving to be the most lucrative in Scotland, with the fastest increase in available roles and the fastest rise in pay rates for temporary workers since December 2010. 

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