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Increasing staff vacancies add to evidence of a robust Scottish economy and are especially good news for Scottish workers
From Insider today:
‘Permanent staff demand in Scotland grows sharply. Royal Bank of Scotland Jobs for Scotland report discovers a rise in staff vacancies alongside a shrinking candidate supply. The sharp growth in permanent staff appointments continued in July, according to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland Jobs for Scotland report.’
A sharp increase in vacancies means business is confident and growing. This is also good news for the workers, for a change:
‘Amid rising staff vacancies and shrinking candidate supply, pay pressures intensified in July. Salaries awarded to permanent starters in Scotland increased at the fastest pace in six months, with inflation outpacing that seen for the UK overall. Meanwhile, temp pay rates in Scotland rose at the sharpest degree since April 2017.’
So, wages are growing faster in Scotland than in the non-Scottish parts of the UK. Other evidence of strength in the Scottish economy, has been noted here earlier:
Over to you, Douglas Fraser.