Several readers and I have noticed for some time a tendency for the BBC News website to report good news for Scotland and then for little of it to be reported on the Radio and TV broadcasts. The obvious explanation would be a recognition in BBC Scotland News that they have lost the younger voters to the Yes campaign but that they can still scare the pants off the older folk who only get their news from radio and TV.
However, when I read this report on the website, I immediately thought of what is in my, as yet unconfirmed report, of the raid. The young webmasters do try to think of something bad to ‘balance’ the report from HIS Markit, but struggle to do so. Here is the news:
- the number of people placed in permanent job roles in Scotland last month increased at its fastest pace since 2015
- demand for permanent and temporary staff remained “sharp and quicker” [in Scotland] than across the UK as a whole
- permanent placements in Scotland rose at the fastest rate in 32 months
- across the UK, growth in permanent staff placements fell to a six-month low
- salaries for those starting new jobs are still on the rise.
- Scotland is doing better than the rest of the UK, as the growth of permanent placements across the country is slowing.
Needless to say, there are ways to turn this round into a negative but it’s not my job to do so here. You might like to guess why more permanent appointments is bad, yourself, or read the whole report at:
Oh, OK, here’s my go: ‘Scottish business in crisis as too many applicants get better jobs and refuse to work for shitty employers!’