Data published in the new Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs reveals a slight improvement in Scottish labour market conditions in January, compared with the previous month.
Staff placements in both permanent and temporary roles rose, with recruitment agencies also indicating a rise in demand for new staff in January across the majority of sectors.
The Bank of Scotland Labour Market Barometer which accompanied the survey - a composite indicator intended to provide a snapshot of labour market conditions - was 50.4 in January, compared with 50.3 in December, and was above the UK equivalent at the start of this year.
Donald MacRae, chief economist at Bank of Scotland, said the Scottish labour market showed a "small but important" improvement last month.
"Despite slowing growth in the Eurozone and the UK, the number of people placed into permanent jobs increased after December's decline while the number of vacancies for permanent staff was broadly unchanged from the end of last year," he commented.
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