Latest figures from the Bank of Scotland have revealed that contractor recruitment has seen a significant increase north of the border.
The Bank of Scotland’s Report on Jobs, taken from December last year, has shown that contractors based in Scotland, have seen massive growth in demand, as temporary job appointments grew at the strongest rate since the beginning of 2011.
Scotland saw the strongest increases in permanent and temporary appointments in eight and 23 months respectively, with recruiters largely linking this to greater client demand. Concurrently, average pay rose further, with the rates of inflation quickening since November.
The report also revealed that take-home pay for contractors rose to their highest level since May 2008.
Demand for temps increased in six sectors during December, led by the Nursing/Medical/Care category. Accounts & Financial meanwhile reported broadly no change since November, while Hotel & Catering saw a marked reduction.
Donald MacRae, Chief Economist at Bank of Scotland, said, “This latest Barometer shows the Scottish labour market improving at its fastest rate since May 2011.
“The number of people appointed to permanent jobs rose to an eighth-month high while temporary job appointments increased at the strongest rate since January 2011.
“These results suggest the Scottish economy has exited the recent period of slowdown and is entering 2013 in growth mode.”
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