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Job agency in positive mood about Scottish job market

Category: Scottish Economy — Mark on March 26, 2012

For the second consecutive quarter, recruitment company Manpower has recorded an optimistic outlook towards the jobs market in the country, just the second time since 2008 this has happened.

The firm have said that their findings show that more companies are intending to take on new staff than are planning to make staff cutbacks over the next few months.

The firm said that the news could be indicative of a sustained period of recovery, but did go on to warn that most of the growth had been seen in the temporary market. It went on to say that although there were lower levels of confidence in regards to permanent vacancies, some industries such as engineering and business areas such as management are recruiting.

There was more bad news in the construction industry too, where many companies are still planning to make job cuts.

In almost all other sectors though, new staff are expected.

The increase in confidence throughout the country comes despite commercial finance in Scotland still being hard to source. Scottish factoring companies have been able to help however, particularly for those companies eager to expand at a time when many new opportunities abound.

Sectors which have seen particularly high levels of growth include contact centres and offices. Speaking about their findings, Manpower UK’s operations director Hugh Piper said:

“There has been an increase in recruitment volumes in call centres and the manufacturing industry appears to be picking up. Administration and warehouse roles are also seeking candidates.”

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