Contractors based north of the border will be pleased to hear that demand for the self-employed rose significantly during September.
The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs has shown further ‘robust increases’ in temp billings.
The findings revealed that after reaching a 43-month high in August, growth in average weekly billings from contractors was the weakest since May; however, the pace of expansion remained solid by historical standards.
Looking at a regional analysis, for the second consecutive month, it was Aberdeen that reported the steepest increases in temp billings, while Dundee saw the sharpest decrease in temp/contractor candidate supply.
It was also found that Dundee reported the sharpest increase in contractor hourly pay rates.
The nursing/medical/care sector was found to be the most in-demand area for contractors, reporting the steepest overall rise in job vacancies north of the border.
Donald MacRae, Chief Economist at Bank of Scotland, commented: “September’s Barometer showed a continuing rise in the number of people appointed to both permanent and temporary jobs, although at a lower rate than recent highs.
“The Barometer is showing almost four years of monthly improvement resulting in the rate of unemployment in September of 5.5%. The Scottish economic recovery continues.”
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