According to the Bank of Scotland PMI, a seasonally adjusted activity monitor across Scotland's manufacturing and service industries, the index reached 52.9 last month after falling to 36.9 in December.
Meanwhile, new order levels also increased during January, and Bank of Scotland chief economist Donald MacRae said this was reflected in the creation of new jobs, with some sectors now experiencing a sustained period of job growth.
"Manufacturing companies increased their staffing levels further, extending the current period of job creation to one year. Overall new orders rose for the first time in four months," he added.
It comes after data published by Monster as part of its employment index showed that there was an average 15 per cent rise in demand for UK job placements last month, including sales recruitment positions, compared with the same period in 2010.
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Source: The Sales Director News