It's different in Scotland - the May Markit figures
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It's different in Scotland - the May Markit figures

It's different in Scotland - the May Markit figures

Posted on 9th June 2019

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Yet again, we bring you our monthly snapshot of the RBS/Markit report on jobs.  And the one thing that really stands out this month is that the trend in Scotland for perm roles is positive, with placement by recruitment agencies increasing last month against an overall decline for the UK.  Moreover, temp/contractor jobs growth continued, albeit both temp and perm jobs' growth is weaker than it has been for some time.  In other words, things are still getting better on the overall jobs front, but the rate of growth is slowing.  

As has been the case for a very long time now, the number of candidates available for jobs continues to decline, especially for permanent staff. This means that for those who are looking for a job, the combination of increasing vacancy numbers and declining candidate availability is driving up pay - so good news for candidates if not employer - and perhaps something that might just encourage a few people to look for pastures new (let's be honest, we'd all like a pay rise!).

Markit May 2019

When we look at our own area of IT, while the Markit indices (above) are fractionally down for May compared to April, it's still the case that tech/computing jobs are far and away the pacesetter in the permanent jobs market, and just behind Nursing and Care (an area of growth given the ageing population) in the  contractor market.  As I seem to write every month (because it's true), this is very much what we are seeing at Be-IT.  We have grown steadily as a business over the last few years (see last week's interview with our latest new recruit as an example), and at the present moment (with the usual caveats - Brexit, trade wars, world recession etc.!) we see no sign of things changing.

Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO, Be-IT

Posted in Markit figures, Recruitment News

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