Demand for permanent professionals in Scotland rose by 39% year-on-year to October 2018 according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). The data, provided by recruitment software company, Innovantage, also reveals a rise in IT vacancies which increased by 15%.

Commenting on the data Moya Ryland’s, Regional Director at APSCo said: After months of positivity, professional job availability in Scotland is seeing continued progress, with the country’s IT sector performing exceptionally well.

“According to recent figures from Tech Nation, digital businesses in both Edinburgh and Glasgow employ over 70,000 people in the sector, with a combined turnover of £1.2bn. Global Tech Advocates (GTA) a private sector network connecting tech hubs around the world, announcing the launch of Tech Scotland Advocates, will also help to champion the Scottish technology sector on a global scale.

“Initiatives such as this not only support entrepreneurs and businesses in the sector, but also focus on increasing access to talent. By encouraging young people into STEM careers and creating an inclusive network for leaders in tech, this should help support the region in retaining access to the talent it needs in the future. “