A new report has revealed that contractor placement numbers grew in Scotland last month.
The latest research, which was conducted by the Bank of Scotland, found that the Glasgow area reported the quickest rise in freelancer staff in May of this year.
Although the Bank of Scotland’s ‘Report on Jobs’ showed that hourly rates for temporary staff and contractors remained unchanged, it still stands as positive news that there has not been a decrease.
It has also been suggested that more positions will be open later on in the year, in particular within the technology field, as IT contractors came up as the highest for demand.
Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, said, “The Scottish labour market continued to improve in May but at a lower rate than in the previous month.
“The number of people appointed to jobs rose while the number of vacancies for both temporary and permanent jobs increased sharply indicating demand for staff from employers. The Scottish labour market is showing resilience in the face of the global slowdown of 2012.”
This comes as further goods news for the self-employed, as the latest YouGov poll has revealed that the prospects for new recruitment are encouraging at this time of year.
The report commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), found that out of the 1,000 companies that were surveyed, an impressive 65 per cent plan to hire more staff in the second quarter of 2012. This number increases to 74 per cent within the finance, insurance and real estate sectors.