Scotland is lagging behind the rest of the UK at job creation, according to a recruitment consultancy survey.
Manpower’s quarterly employment outlook survey, which tracks confidence in the jobs market, shows a general improvement since the last count.
But the poll of 2,100 UK employers found that the same number of Scottish companies intended to contract their workforce as expand it.
The Scottish government said the survey did not reflect “official figures”.
It added that Scotland was “leading the way in the jobs market”.
According to Manpower, all other parts of the UK reported more hiring than shedding of staff.