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Report: Scotland continues to offer graduate jobs

Published: Monday, 13 June 2011   Category: Employer News

Scottish firms continued to offer graduate jobs last month as new research revealed that the country's private sector maintained its recovery.

The Bank of Scotland (BoS) has published its latest purchasing managers' index (PMI) which shows businesses in the country took on new staff at their fastest rate since February 2008.

The PMI, which is based on the results of questionnaires completed by local manufacturing and service sector firms, returned a growth figure of 52.2 in May, with any figure over 50 representative of an overall increase.

It was the first time that workforce growth in Scotland outpaced the UK average since September 2010.

Finance secretary John Swinney said: "The latest Bank of Scotland PMI survey is good news on employment, but it confirms that there can be absolutely no room for complacency and reinforces the need for a Plan B or flexibility from the UK government in order to strengthen growth and recovery."

Last month, the BoS' PMI returned a growth figure of 55.5. 

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