According to the latest Bank of Scotland Purchasing Managers Index, activity currently stands at 51.9 – comfortably above the 50.0 mark which represents zero expansion – and shows that firms north of the border are continuing to employ new staff.
Although there were some staff cuts in the service sector, there was a solid rise in headcounts at manufacturers - the sharpest for four months, noted Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland.
"Private sector activity in the Scottish economy increased for the ninth month running in September. New export orders saw a modest increase. Manufacturers increased output at a solid rate despite strong cost pressures," he added.
Meanwhile, the latest report on jobs by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation showed that the number of people being employed in sales jobs and other roles in the UK continued to increase last month.
It means that the overall demand for staff has now been increasing for 22 consecutive months.
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Posted by Nikki Barrister
Source: The Sales Engineer News