Dundee the place to be for Scottish contractors

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Scotland’s army of contractors and contingent workers should consider looking to Dundee for their next assignment opportunity, new research has shown.

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs reveals that the city – widely regarded as the UK’s video games capital – led the way in terms of recruitment agency billings last month, while also posting the sharpest rise in workers’ hourly pay. In contrast, Edinburgh recorded the biggest decline in opportunities.

Nursing and medical care professionals were named the most sought-after, followed by IT & computing workers. This was true for both temporary and permanent vacancies.

Despite Dundee’s boom, Scottish recruiters only recorded a slight growth in weekly billings. This was coupled by a levelling off in contractor demand, which grew at its weakest rate since March 2013.

Meanwhile, the study also showed that Scotland’s labour market registered a healthy 60.6 on the Bank of Scotland Barometer – up from 59.8 in February. The report said this was the highest reading in three months, despite being lower the corresponding index for the UK as a whole.

Donald MacRae, chief economist at the Bank of Scotland, said: “Conditions in the Scottish labour market continued to improve in March this year. The number of people appointed to jobs increased, while the number of vacancies grew over the month.”

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