The latest Markit figures, for December, shows that the rate of growth in perm vacancies across all jobs has declined, with the month seeing "the steepest decline in the number of people placed in permanent jobs by Scottish recruitment consultancies for seven and a half years."
That said, within our core discipline of IT, the market is still growing, albeit the rate of that growth is slowing. Temp billings, on the other hand, showed ongoing growth across December in Scotland and "despite having eased to a three month low, the rate of increase remained strong and slightly above the average for 2016 as a whole." Certainly, here at Be-IT, we're seeing the temp market continuing to show strong demand.
Bearing in mind that any figure under 50 shows a decline and any figure over 50 shows growth, here are the stats for perm jobs in Scotland in December.
And here are the stats for temp vacancies in December.
As always, monthly snapshots give just that - a picture at a particular time. Overall, we're seeing steady growth in our markets here at Be-IT, although candidate availability is difficult in some sectors. However, we have lots of jobs on already in 2017 so if you are looking for a move do get in touch!
Stuart Alexander, Be-IT Resourcing