IT contracting in Scotland appears to be thriving, according to the latest Jobs Report from the Bank of Scotland.
Although the REC/KPMG Report on Jobs indicated that the IT skills market suffered an overall fall in demand last month, business demand for PAYE umbrella techies in bonnie Caledonia has entered its third successive month of growth. May’s increase was a little weaker than April’s, but demand nonetheless continued to rise.
More than 100 Scottish employers and recruiters were polled in the survey, with Edinburgh topping the poll for the biggest rise in permanent vacancies. As before, Glasgow emerged as the place to be for interim managers, temps and contractors more generally.
Donald MacRae, the Bank of Scotland’s Chief Economist, 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.”
Pay rate rises, he noted, were greatest in Edinburgh and Dundee, while Aberdeen was also displaying encouraging trends.
The news coincides with new research from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Hays Recruitment, which suggests that public sector organisations especially are experiencing a serious shortage of interim managers. Provided the danger of contractor purge can be averted following Government proposals to tax all staff designated as ‘controlling persons’ at source, interim management contractors could find themselves in especially high demand across the UK.