The number of people placed in work in Scotland rose only modestly last month, according to a survey.
Recruitment consultancies reported strong growth in demand for staff, particularly for permanent roles. But the Bank of Scotland’s Report on Jobs suggested fewer candidates were available to fill posts.
The bank’s chief economist, Donald MacRae, said the findings suggested business confidence in the Scottish economy was “holding up”.
Average starting salaries rose again in September, in line with a trend seen since March 2013. However, both permanent salaries and hourly wages for temp staff rose at slower rates.