The Bank of Scotland’s latest Report on Jobs shows that demand for contractors in Scotland in November was at the highest level since June 2010. IT and computing were first and second placed in the Bank’s ‘strength of demand’ table, with engineering and construction coming in third and fourth. Contractor recruitment agencies that contributed to this report confirmed that vacancies in these sectors grew at ‘a marked rate’. Increased activity in the offshore renewable’s and oil and gas sectors appear to account for this surge in contractor demand, especially as Aberdeen saw the same high rates of both permanent and temporary appointments as Edinburgh.
Rates for contractors experienced a sharp improvement from October, with an increase that was above the average for the rest of the UK – and recruiters put this down to shortages of suitable candidates with specialist skills. Chief Economist at Bank of Scotland Donald MacRae stated that the findings were a “welcome improvement in the labour market, and one that confirms that Scotland is almost closing the gap with the rest of the UK.”