Permanent job figures rose in January for the first time in a year

Permanent job appointments in Scotland rose for the first time in a year, while temp billing increased for the fifth straight month, according to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs.

Figures for January shown the growth was only mild, but were nonetheless a stark contrast to the unprecedented downturns seen last spring.

Meanwhile, candidate availability rose further, with panellists attributing the latest upturn to redundancies, although the rates of increase slowed noticeably on the month.

Upwards pay pressures persisted into the new year, as highlighted by further rises in starting pay. That said, both salaries and temp wages increased at softer rates compared to December.

The rise in permanent staff appointments in January ended an 11-month sequence of decline.

Firms, particularly in the IT and computing, had resumed hiring efforts amid improved market conditions, according to survey respondents.

Nonetheless, trends between Scotland and the UK diverged during

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