Scottish companies are struggling to employ capable employees, according to the latest figures.
Issued by the Bank of Scotland, the data shows there is a significant skills shortage in the country as staff availability fell over September. However, the number of permanent and temporary vacancies rose last month.
Group economist at the Bank of Scotland Tim Crawford commented that many different industries have been affected by the lack of qualified candidates.
"The jobs market in Scotland remains tight and skill shortages were seen across a range of sectors in September," he said.
He added that despite these figures Scotland "is performing better than the UK average".
Engineering and construction was found to be the sector with the highest demand for staff in both permanent and temporary categories, while candidates for permanent positions in accounting and finance as well as executive and professional jobs were hard to come by.