Scots jobs market 'growing fast'

19-10-2005

Scotland's jobs market has been growing significantly faster than elsewhere in the UK, according to a report. The Bank of Scotland survey found there was firm demand for staff during September with both permanent and temporary appointments increasing.

Recruitment consultancies reported that the number of people they placed in permanent jobs rose at the fastest pace for 11 months.

Wages and salaries continued to rise, driven by the strong demand for staff.

Aberdeen recorded the largest pay increases in September, the report said.

Encouraging trend

IT and computing employees were the most sought-after category of permanent staff.

Engineering and construction saw the strongest demand for temporary workers.

The report's 'barometer' signalled an improvement in Scottish job market conditions for the 26th successive month.

Bank of Scotland group economist Tim Crawford said: "The latest data shows the Scottish labour market is growing strongly in contrast to the slowdown which is emerging in the wider UK jobs market.

"The strengthening in the Scottish economy has translated into jobs growth and this is an encouraging trend.

"However, pay rates are again beginning to accelerate in Scotland, particularly for temporary workers in this environment."

BBC News

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