Scottish recruitment firms have reported a sharp rise in the number of people securing permanent jobs.
A Bank of Scotland survey also found a strong increase in vacancies for both permanent and temporary jobs in July.
The bank said its report signalled the sharpest rise in permanent staff placements since the survey was launched more than 10 years ago.
It added rising business confidence could be translating into further recovery in the Scottish economy.
The survey follows other recent indications of an improvement in Scotland’s economic health.