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Scottish jobs market growth 'continuing'

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There was a rise in salaries for successful candidates in full time jobs

The jobs market in Scotland continued to grow in March, according to the Bank of Scotland Labour Market Barometer.

Employment levels for full-time and temporary jobs both show increased signs of improvement last month.

The rise signals Scotland's fourth consecutive improvement in job market conditions.

Edinburgh was best placed for people seeking work, with recruitment agencies there registering the strongest rise in permanent and temporary placements.

There was also a rise in salaries for successful candidates in full time jobs, with hourly rates for temporary workers increasing during March for the third month in a row.

Economy 'recovering'

Donald Macrae, Bank of Scotland chief economist, said "It's very reassuring to see the recovery in the Scottish labour market continuing.

"Temporary employment growth has accelerated to its fastest rate since August 2007 and the number of vacancies open to applicants looking for long term employment has risen for the fourth month in a row.

"This is further evidence that the Scottish economy is recovering from recession."

IT and computing staff were most sought-after for full-time and temporary or contract jobs, with engineering and constructions workers doing relatively well too.

Blue collar workers did better in the temporary jobs market than in securing full time work.

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