Employment: Stronger demand for staff in Scotland

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THE employment market north of the Border showed a “strong improvement” last month, according to a Bank of Scotland report published today.

Its latest report on jobs shows demand for permanent staff rising at the fastest pace since January, with permanent salaries growing at the sharpest rate for five years.

Aberdeen-based recruiters posted the strongest rise in permanent placements, while agencies in Dundee saw the fastest increase in temporary roles.

Recruiters largely linked the increases to greater client ­demand.

The bank’s labour market barometer measures areas such as levels of staff demand, employment and wages in permanent and temporary jobs to create a single figure snapshot of labour market conditions.

The barometer rose for the third consecutive month to 54.7, its highest level since last December.

The figure is measured against a baseline of 50. Anything above 50 represents an improvement in market conditions and below is a deterioration.

Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, commented: “These results provide further evidence that business confidence is slowly being ­restored, enabling the Scottish economy to record much sought-after growth ­during 2013.”