Strongest growth in IT and computing sector
The Scottish jobs market is showing the strongest signs of improvement in more than a year a new survey from Bank of Scotland suggests.
Bank of Scotland's latest job survey for April suggests both permanent and part-time job rates rose “markedly”, with recruitment firms also reporting an upturn in the number of job vacancies.
The fastest growing sector for job creation in Scotland was IT and computing, with secretarial and clerical, executive and professional, engineering and construction, hotel and catering, accounts and financial and blue collar sectors all reporting growth in April.
Nursing/medical/care was the only sector to show a decline in jobs in April.
Temporary worker availability dropped in April for the first time in four years and availability of permanent staff the second month in a row.
Average pay rates in the Scottish job market also rose slightly in April, with permanent salaries rising modestly for the third month in a row compared to an overall contraction for the UK as a whole.
Bank of Scotland chief economist Donald MacRae said: "The number of people appointed to jobs grew markedly over the month, as did the number of vacancies for both permanent and temporary jobs.
"This reinforces hopes that the slowdown in the Scottish economy experienced at the end of last year has not extended into 2012 and that we may yet see modest growth for the remainder of the year."
The Bank of Scotland's jobs barometer of labour market conditions stood at 55.8 in April, up from 54.6 in February – its highest level since May 2011 and well ahead of the UK index of 51.5.
This is based on a measure of 50 and above indicating growth and below 50 pointing to contraction.