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Scotland Enjoys "Steep" Increase in Permanent Employment


Patricia Gibson has welcomed the 'steep increases' in permanent employment as starting salaries hit 10 month high in Scotland.

Temporary job placements are also up in Scotland. However, Brexit is already hitting the economy, with employers struggling to fill posts due to European Union (EU) workers leaving.

Data and information handling services company IHS Markit Ltd's Report on Jobs Scotland suggests employers are “struggling” to fill posts as a result of EU workers leaving, making vacancies harder to fill.

The rate of decline in staff availability was steeper in permanent than temporary posts.

Starting salaries rose at the fastest rate in 10 months, with one in five recruiters reporting hourly rate increases for temporary staff while none of around 100 recruitment and employment agencies surveyed reported a fall.

Demand for both permanent and temporary positions increased, notably in IT and computing.

Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Kevin Green said:

“Permanent placements are rising rapidly in Scotland.

"Starting salaries are also increasing, so for workers who want to boost their earnings now is a good time to consider moving job. It's clear that employers are having to work even harder to fill jobs as vacancies rise and candidate availability shrinks."

Added Patricia Gibson:

“Scottish employment is at an all-time high and looks set to keep improving with the number of permanent employees riding steeply particularly heartening.

“Nevertheless, those parts of our economy most reliant on European workers are now under even more pressure as many EU workers return home.

"Employers are not just struggling to hire the brightest and the best but also people to fill roles such as chefs, drivers and warehouse workers.

“We can't ignore the importance of our relationship with the EU to employers.

“If we want to keep our jobs market successful and vibrant, to the benefit of everyone in Scotland, we must make it easier, not harder, for employers to recruit the people they need."

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