November data has highlighted mixed hiring trends across the Scottish labour market, with permanent placements declining at the quickest pace for four months, amid reports that companies were suspending hiring due to tougher lockdown measures.
Meanwhile redundancies drove a rising availability of candidates, although the rate of growth in the supply of both permanent and temporary staff slowed from October.
The latest Royal Bank of Scotland report also revealed that efforts to cut back on expenses led to a fall in permanent salaries across Scotland and a slight dip in average hourly pay rates for short-term staff.
Meanwhile, the number of permanent staff appointments across Scotland continued to decline in November, extending the current sequence of reduction to 10 months.
The latest fall was the quickest since July and visible due to reports that companies were suspending hiring plans because of the pandemic.
A third successive monthly rise in temporary