Every month, in common with many major recruitment firms in Scotland, Peace takes part in and receives the report on the state of the jobs market. At a time when the mainstream press tends to concentrate on the downside of the construction industry, stressing the negative aspects (the end of the main infrastructure projects in Scotland, Carillion's demise, etc.) this monthly survey, carried out by IHS Markit, is a useful corrective. That's not to deny that there have been issues, from Carillion to the Beast from the East, but the reality is that there is lots of work out there.
Across the Scottish jobs market as a whole, the growth north of the border was faster in May than in all other five UK regions surveyed. Bearing in mind that any figure above 50 shows growth, the May figures for both contractors and permanent roles in construction/engineering - at 60.9 and 65.6 respectively - are clearly good news.
That said, staff availability, for both contractors and perm, was reduced further in May, which then kicked through to higher wages/salaries in some sectors. In particular, for temp staff as a whole, we say hourly pay rates increasing for the 38th consecutive month in Scotland, while for permanent jobs the upward trend goes back to March 2013. However, the upwards pressures on wage inflation are greater in the rest of the UK, so Scotland is lagging behind slightly when it comes to wage increases. Overall though, there is far more to be positive about than negative and, with the usual summer boom in temporary/contracting jobs now starting to kick-in, we expect this to continue to be the case for some time to come. And if you're looking for a job, then give us a call. We have more jobs advertised than all our competitors (watch this space for more details on this), so there really ought to be only one place to come for your next career move!
Chris Peace, MD, Peace Recruitment