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Scottish jobs market "remains firm"
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
A new report by the Bank of Scotland has concluded that the jobs market north of the border is holding steady.
The figures for February show that there was a healthy growth in demand for permanent staff, while the need for temporary staff increased at its fastest rate in three months.
As such, the outlook for the Scottish jobs market is on the strong side, according to Martin Ellis, chief economist at Bank of Scotland.
Aberdeen recorded the strongest growth in terms of permanent and temporary staff placements. It also posted the sharpest rise in permanent staff salaries. Pay growth for temporary workers was at its strongest in Dundee.
Mr Ellis said that there has been a slight easing of conditions in February.
"Nonetheless, with Scotland posting a stronger expansion of demand for permanent staff than that recorded across the UK overall for the first time in five months the outlook for the Scottish jobs market remains firm," he added.
According to the Scottish government, around 575,700 people are employed by the public sector in Scotland. In the private sector, the number of employees is almost two million.