The Scottish Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Business Survey
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Business Survey (to be released 21st January 2010) is expected to indicate that economic recovery is still fragile. Darren Montagu, Managing Director of Hays in Scotland, comments on this:
The economy in Scotland wont recover overnight and whilst we are still faced with challenging times there are areas of resilience that are creating job opportunities. Skill shortages are apparent in some areas across both the private and public sectors and there is a clear need to support industry apprenticeships in engineering, technology, oil and gas and construction in order to counter an ageing workforce. Its key in this fragile climate to build confidence that will enable employers to invest in essential skills and training in order to help sustain, improve and grow businesses across the country.
Due to the pressure to ensure robust financial controls anyone with experience in implementing the new regulatory systems is in demand and internal auditors are sought after. In retail banking, employers will be looking for people with excellent relationship management skills and strong credit skills. Professionals who can develop new business leads and have a good track record in sales will find themselves in demand from major retail banks and building societies as we start to see further signs of growth. Energy specialists are also benefiting from investment European and Government funding has recently been announced which will support this sector.