Scottish jobs growth best for six years


  By Martin Kelly
The Scottish jobs market is at its strongest for six years according to the latest Bank of Scotland monthly report.
New figures reveal that the rise in the number of people being recruited into permanent positions is the best since 2007.

The report also showed that average pay in Scotland also rose at the fastest rate for six years, the pace faster than the rest of the UK.

Chief economist Donald MacRae said: “June’s Labour Market Barometer rose to its highest level since October 2007.

“Both the number of people appointed to permanent and temporary jobs rose in the month accompanied by sharp rises in vacancies.

“Improvements in job market conditions were spread across all sectors. These results signal a further strengthening of the recovery in the Scottish economy and bode well for employment throughout 2013.”

IT and nursing were two sectors that saw the strongest growth whilst the blue collar sector saw the weakest.

Responding to the latest report, a Scottish Government spokesperson said:

“This welcome report shows a marked improvement in Scotland’s job market with the survey showing its strongest reading since October 2007, and a stronger rate of growth than the UK as a whole.

“The figures provide evidence that Scotland’s economy is continuing to strengthen.  They follow positive indicators of growth in the last month’s labour market statistics, which marked another rise in employment, with an increase of 47,000 people in work across Scotland.

“This Government is working tirelessly to secure jobs and investment, and to retain Scotland’s position as the best place to do business.

“Our business rates relief package will reduce business rates taxation by £560 million this year.

“The Scottish Government is taking action where we can, and we are seeing results, but there is so much more that we could be doing with the full economic and fiscal powers of independence to strengthen our economy and create jobs.”