Hopefully, you’ve already seen that the Scottish unemployment rate was down again last month for the third time in a row and that the gap with the rest of UK is getting wider at 3.8% as opposed to 4.5%. In May, the Scottish rate was 4.4% compared to the UK rate of 4.6%. In June, it was 4.0% while the UK rate was still 4.6%.
There’s always the worry that many of the new jobs are temporary or casual in some way. However, research by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, reported in insider.co.uk, indicated a ‘steep’ increase in permanent jobs as well as temporary appointments.
These increases clearly relate to growth in the overall economy. The Scottish economy grew by four times as much as the UK as-a-whole in the last quarter and an earlier survey reported Scottish businesses to be more confident than those in England.
There’s further good news, in the same report, which again must relate to the above factors in that starting salaries rose at the fastest rate in ten months. None of the companies surveyed reported a fall in starting salaries and 25% reported sometimes steep increases to get the people they wanted.
I haven’t mentioned Kezia or Ruth in the headline. It only worked once to draw a big readership. I’ve been seen through.