Job vacancies 'reach new highs' north of the border

The number of vacancies for permanent staff members in Scotland is up to its highest level for six years, according to new statistics.

In its latest report on jobs, the Bank of Scotland said that temporary vacancy numbers are at a nine-year high and are also rising, as are the salaries of permanent staff.

Compared with the rest of the UK, permanent salaries in Scotland were rising faster last month, while temporary salaries were on the up at the start of 2013 but have since fallen back.

The month of October saw a "marked improvement" in the jobs market, according to the Bank of Scotland's labour barometer.

The barometer has a scale from one to 100, with 50 representing no change in the jobs market. Anything above 50 is a positive change and anything below is negative.

Donald MacRae, chief economist at the Bank of Scotland, said: "October's labour market barometer rose to its joint-highest level in over six years, taking the index back to pre-recession levels.

"Demand for staff rose at a marked pace across all sectors while the number of people appointed to jobs rose sharply in the month. Salaries for permanent jobs increased at a strong pace. The recovery in the Scottish economy is showing through in growing employment and rising pay."

According to the barometer, demand for permanent staff stood at 63.1, the highest reading since mid-2007, while the demand for temporary staff was 64.2 - a figure which was last bettered in 2004.

The report said: "The Bank of Scotland labour market barometer rose to its joint-highest level in over six years during October. At 60.9, up from 60.0 in September, the barometer indicated a marked improvement in Scottish job market conditions, which remained stronger than the UK average."

From a geographical perspective, recruiters based in Dundee saw the biggest increase in permanent staff last month, while the fastest rise in the number of temporary jobs being filled was witnessed in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, the sharpest deteriorations in the number of permanent and temporary workers were recorded in Glasgow and Aberdeen respectively.

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