The Scottish labour market continued to grow in March, with both permanent and temporary appointments seeing significant expansion, according to new research.
Salary and wage increases have also been recorded by Bank of Scotland's latest Labour Market Report, with particularly strong demand reported in the permanent nursing and temporary engineering and construction sectors.
The report's barometer reading for the March market remained unchanged at 60.3.
However, Bank of Scotland group economist Tim Crawford warned that skills shortages are continuing to impact on employers more in Scotland than in the rest of the UK.
"March's survey shows that employment growth in Scotland has firmed. However, wages and salaries continue to rise as companies compete for qualified staff," he commented.
According to the latest Scottish Industrial Trends survey by the Confederation of British Industry, optimism within the country's manufacturing industry is currently high - potentially boding well for employment prospects.