Growth reported in both permanent and temporary jobs last month
The job market in Scotland has shown signs of further improvement with growth reported in both permanent and temporary jobs last month, a survey from Bank of Scotland suggests.
The bank's Report on Jobs for September, based on its survey of recruitment agencies, suggests placements grew at their highest rate since May.
In contrast to the previous two months, Scottish recruiters placed more candidates into permanent work in September.
Figures for the rest of the UK show permanent placements fell for the fourth consecutive month in September, though only marginally.
Scotland outperformed the rest of the UK, according to the report, with billing for temp placements in September also rising for the second consecutive month.
However, despite a rise in demand for both temporary and permanent staff in September in Scotland, the latest increases were weaker than those reported for the rest of the UK.
And salaries in permanent placements in Scotland also “fell marginally” in September, with lower salaries now having been reported for three of the past four months.
But temp salary rates “rose strongly” in September and at their fastest rate since August 2010, though the rise in temp vacancies in Scotland was slower than the UK average.
Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, said: "Scotland’s job market continued to improve in September with a welcome increase in people appointed to both permanent and temporary jobs alongside a rising number of vacancies.
“The Scottish economy is maintaining employment in the face of the global slowdown. A significant fall in unemployment awaits a lift in both consumer and business confidence."
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has today urged Chancellor George Osborne to slow the pace of austerity in Britain as the UK faces “growth challenges” he must address.
Last week the IMF slashed its growth forecast for the UK this year by 0.6 percentage points and warned the economy will contract by 0.4 per cent.