Skills shortage slows employment growth in Scotland

Scottish employment growth is slowing, partly due to a lack of suitable candidates for jobs, research has revealed.

While recruitment consultancies reported a sixteenth successive monthly increase in permanent staff placements in September’s Bank of Scotland’s Labour Market Report, the latest rise was only marginal.

The report showed that although the demand for staff was still high, especially among the engineering and construction industry, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to get qualified staff.

At the same time the availability of candidates for permanent jobs declined for the thirty-first successive month, and recruiters found that people who were able to offer all the skills required by employers were in short-supply.

But Bank of Scotland group economist Tim Crawford said it was far from all bad news.

He said: “Growth rates in the Scottish labour market still seem better than the UK average – and average salary levels continue to rise.”


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