A new survey by the Bank of Scotland has shown that IT contracting in Scotland continues to grow, offering recruitment agencies the ideal opportunity to place specialised staff in a variety of roles. Whilst the latest figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) show that May saw an overall decline in IT positions, Scotland was shown to buck the trend.
Recent data for May showed that the IT skills market saw a decline in vacancies; however, though openings in Scotland did slow, the country north of the border still saw a third consecutive monthly rise in job opportunities.
As part of the Bank of Scotland’s poll, over 100 Scottish recruiters and employers were asked how the job market was faring. It was found that the biggest rise for permanent role placements had been seen in Edinburgh, a city in which pay rates had also risen. Meanwhile, Glasgow was noted to be an area where temporary workers, contractors and interim managers could find many opportunities in shorter work placements.
The Bank of Scotland’s chief economist, Donald MacRae, said: “The Scottish labour market continued to improve in May but at a lower rate than in the previous month. The number of people appointed to jobs rose while the number of vacancies for both temporary and permanent jobs increased sharply, indicating demand for staff from employers.” He added that, despite the recession, the labour market in Scotland was showing resilience, making it the ideal place for recruiters to place staff.