Here are four of today’s key business stories in one handy package.
Scotland has a “spring in its step” with the jobs outlook at its brightest since the third quarter of 2013, according to a new study. Recruiter Manpower surveyed 2,102 UK employers, asking whether they intend to hire more workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter, and found the outlook north of the Border came in positive at 5 per cent.
North Sea explorer EnQuest said it was confident of growing production by a third next year as it unveiled a jump in second-half output. The Aberdeen-based firm told investors that production averaged 35,022 barrels a day to the end of November, up 26 per cent on the same period last year.
Savings accounts paying the lowest interest rates were laid bare by the City watchdog as part of a raft of measures to make it easier for savers to switch and compare. The Financial Conduct Authority said some easy-access cash savings accounts and Isas pay as little as 0.01 per cent interest – its plans to make it easier for savers to seek better returns include text message alerts to remind them when an introductory bonus rate is due to end.
An Edinburgh technology firm that helps video game developers analyse player behaviour unveiled ambitious plans to double its headcount next year. DeltaDNA currently has 25 staff and is seeking to grow that number to 50 as it expands its operations in the US and into Asia.