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The number of people in Scotland starting permantent jobs has gone up for the seventh month in a row, according to a new report by the Bank of Scotland. The data also showed an increase in temporary staff appointments and a modest increase in average salaries, disclosing further improvements in the country's labour market.
Donald MacRae, chief economist at the bank, said: "The number of people placed in to permanent positions increased for the seventh consecutive month, while demand for permanent staff rose markedly in April, with recruitment consultants registering a larger number of vacancies.
"All eight employment sectors registered greater demand for permanent staff in April.
"The number of temporary staff vacancies also rose in April, at the fastest rate in four months. Again, all eight employment sectors saw greater demand, with hotel and catering recording the strongest growth."
The bank's Labour Market Barometer - which is designed to provide a snapshot of labour market conditions - was measured at 56.6 in April, up from 53.8 in March, and the highest reading since October 2007.
The barometer is calculated by measuring demand for staff, employment, availability for work and pay.
Mr MacRae added: "This month's report on jobs provides further evidence of the Scottish economy's recovery from the weather induced slowdown of winter. However, Scotland has just caught up with the UK, despite the Labour Market Barometer reaching a 42-month high."
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