The IT and Computing sector saw the strongest growth in demand for new staff in Scotland in July, new data shows.
Demand for permanent and temporary employees in Scotland grew in all broad categories in July, according to the Bank of Scotland's latest Labour Market Report, with IT staff especially in demand.
The report found that both employee appointments and vacancy levels increased last month, with the Scottish Labour Market Barometer showing a rate of growth exceeding that of the wider UK economy.
However, a lack of qualified candidates in some areas restricted the growth of staff placements.
"The Scottish labour market has retained the strength seen in the first half of 2006 with job placements and also job vacancies rising in July," said group economist at the Bank of Scotland, Tim Crawford.
"However, temp staff billings grew more quickly than permanent placements over the month as growing skill shortages amongst permanent candidates saw some firms take on short-term staff to fill vacancies," he added.