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Scots workers 'enjoying jobs boom' says recruitment firm

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Image caption All of Scotland's major cities recorded an increase in full-time permanent vacancies

Hiring intentions in Scotland have risen dramatically and are back to pre-recession levels, according to recruitment firm Manpower.

Manpower said its latest Employment Outlook measure of the jobs market recorded a +8 figure, which is five points higher than the previous survey.

The recruitment company said hiring did not appear to be affected by the independence referendum.

It put the increase in jobs down to major events.

Amanda White, operations manager at Manpower, said: "This is a busy time for Scotland with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles and this could be triggering some of the confidence we're seeing."

However aside from the temporary summer jobs - she said the majority of vacancies were for full-time, permanent roles.

"There have been improvements in confidence across the market this quarter, with some notable organisations such as the NHS and finance call centres all looking to hire," she said.

Scotland's major cities all recorded a rise in vacancies with an increase in roles in contact centres and manufacturing in Edinburgh and both Glasgow and Aberdeen seeing an uptick in public sector roles.

Across the UK, there was optimism across all regions with the exception of Northern Ireland.

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