Jobs market sees modest rise

The number of people placed in work in Scotland rose only modestly last month, according to a survey.

Recruitment consultancies reported strong growth in demand for staff, particularly for permanent roles.

But the Bank of Scotland's Report on Jobs suggested fewer candidates were available to fill posts.

The bank's chief economist, Donald MacRae, said the findings suggested business confidence in the Scottish economy was "holding up".

Average starting salaries rose again in September, in line with a trend seen since March 2013.

However, both permanent salaries and hourly wages for temp staff rose at slower rates.

Meanwhile, the latest survey data pointed to a further strengthening of demand for staff in September.

The rise in permanent job openings was the greatest seen since February, while temporary vacancies grew at the joint-fastest pace since January.

IT and computing showed the strongest increase in demand for both permanent and temporary staff.

The availability of candidates for both permanent and temporary vacancies fell during September.

However, the report added that the decrease was far less marked than across the UK as a whole.

Mr MacRae said: "These results suggest that business confidence in the Scottish economy is holding up despite the slowdown in growth evident earlier in the year."