Scottish job placements and pay rates 'on the rise'

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image captionThe report suggested the IT and computing sector saw the strongest rise in permanent job openings

The number of people finding jobs in Scotland rose again last month, according to a labour market report.

Job vacancies also rose, while permanent starting salaries saw a sharp increase and hourly pay rates for temps climbed moderately.

The Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs found that shortages of candidates had boosted pay increases.

The bank said the figures suggest Scotland's economy was continuing to show moderate growth.

The report found recruitment consultancies in Scotland recorded the fastest rise in permanent staff placements for three months, while growth of temp placements was also quicker than in May.

It also showed that the Bank of Scotland labour market barometer registered above the 50 "no-change" mark in June, at 59.7, a three-month high and up very slightly on May's 59.6 reading.

Staff demand

The barometer measures areas such as levels of staff demand, employment and wages to create a single-figure snapshot of labour market conditions.

June's figure was broadly in line with its average over 2015, though just below the equivalent UK index.

Growth in permanent and temporary placements was led by Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, while Aberdeen was the only region where declines were recorded.

Edinburgh recorded the sharpest rise in permanent starting salaries ahead of Glasgow, while Dundee led growth in temp hourly pay rates.

Demand for permanent staff was highest in IT and computing, followed by nursing and medical care, while temporary job vacancies were led by the engineering and construction sectors.

Donald MacRae, chief economist at the bank, said: "These results suggest an economy continuing to show moderate growth."