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Contractor demand continues to grow north of the border

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Contractor billings have continued to rise in Scotland, revealed figures from the latest Bank of Scotland’s Report on Jobs.

The recent report will come as good news for contractors working north of the border, as there have been concerns that the Scottish economy is having difficulty recovering from the recession.

However, the Report on Jobs shows that both the contracting and permanent world have continued to experience growth, as both sectors have seen an increase in job opportunities.

According to the Bank of Scotland’s report, contractor/temporary staff billings rose for the ninth consecutive month and hourly pay rates were seen to have increased at a moderate rate.

During March, it was the engineering & construction, as well as the nursing/medical/care sectors that have seen the most demand. The findings also revealed that Edinburgh saw the strongest rise in contractor billings.

Chief Economist at Bank of Scotland, Donald MacRae, said, “This latest Barometer for March shows a welcome rise from the low of last month.

“The number of people appointed to both permanent and temporary jobs rose while the number of vacancies increased. These results reinforce the view that the Scottish economy is continuing its slow recovery from recession.”

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