Growth in permanent jobs in Scotland continued last month but at the slowest rate for almost two years, according to the latest BANK OF SCOTLAND jobs report.

Demand for staff increased and starting salaries continued to rise, but its Labour Market Barometer stood at 59.1 in April, down from 60.6 in March.

This was the lowest reading in 22 months and below the index for the UK as a whole.

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

The figure is measured against a baseline of 50, with anything above representing an improvement and anything below, deterioration. Edinburgh recorded the strongest increase in permanent placements and Dundee the largest rise in temporary positions across the country.

The most marked rise in demand for permanent and temporary staff was in the medical and care sector, followed by IT and computing.

DONALD MACRAE, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, said: “Scotland’s labour market continued to improve in the month. The number of people appointed to both permanent and temporary jobs rose modestly while the number of vacancies increased in the month.”

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