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RBS reports record level of demand for permanent staff in Scotland


Permanent staff appointments across Scotland increased during April at the fastest since July 2014 and the second strongest on record, according to the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Its latest Report on Jobs revealed that the surging demand for staff was due to more favourable economic conditions.

Temporary jobs also rose in the second quarter as recruiters signalled further reductions in the availability of candidates.

The wider UK also saw near record growth of permanent appointments in March, although the upturn in Scotland was faster than that seen at the national level.

April data highlighted another uptick in temporary billings across Scotland, extending the current sequence of increases to eight months.

The report found that for the third month in a row Scottish recruiters registered a decrease in the availability of permanent candidates. Respondents noted that job seekers remained uncertain of switching roles due to the pandemic.

However, the data also showed that for the third month in a row there was an increasing demand for permanent staff across Scotland.

The April data revealed that the low supply of candidates pushed the starting salary for roles, making the rate of salary inflation the second-quickest since January 2019.

Meanwhile, inflationary pressures increased across the UK, although the latest upturn in starting salaries remained slower than that seen in Scotland.

For the fifth successive month short term pay rates across Scotland rose during April, a trend credited to the shortage of candidates similar to permanent offerings.

Across the UK as a whole, temporary pay rates also rose in April, but the latest increase was much faster than that seen in Scotland.

Sebastian Burnside, chief economist at RBS, commented: “The Scottish labour market continued to perform strongly into the second quarter of the year – permanent appointments rose at the second-fastest rate since the survey began in 2003, while temp billings rose solidly, with anecdotal evidence noting that firms were upping their hiring activity due to better economic conditions.

“Further positive signs came from vacancies data, which highlighted further surges in demand for both short-term and permanent staff, a clear indication that companies across Scotland are stepping up hiring efforts in line with the easing of pandemic-related restrictions.”

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