Covid hiring surge shows it's 'full steam ahead' for Scotland' s jobs market

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Scottish labour market is "flat-lining" after an August report by Royal Bank of Scotland showed an "unprecedented surge in hiring activity"

Both final positions and temporary contracts rose at their largest in the survey's history amid reports that firms had tightened recruitment efforts to ease Covid-19 restrictions.

But there was a lack of candidates for vacancies, with industry experts citing strong demand for labour and Brexit as prime reasons for the drop, according to the Royal Bank of Scotland jobs report.

Starting salaries and temporary staff were both experiencing rapid inflation, the highest on record since the survey was launched in 2003.

Scottish-wide recorded its ninth consecutive monthly increase in the pay of permanent new caravans in August, while rental wages throughout the country have risen each month since December.