Borders job vacancies in decline

THE Borders is in Scotland’s bottom three for job opportunities after seeing a 42 per cent drop in vacancies from May to July when compared to the same period last year.

With a monthly average of nearly 250 jobs on offer in the region, there are now over 180 less vacancies available, a report has revealed.

The latest quarterly labour market intelligence bulletin, produced by employment and skills specialists Working Links, put the Borders in the bottom three after looking at the number of vacancies nationwide.

The sector which saw the biggest fall in vacancies was finance (down 33 per cent), whereas both the construction and general business sectors reported growth at 43 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

The number of people out of work across the whole of Scotland decreased over the last three months by 3,000 to 204,000. The area which experienced biggest increase in vacancies was West Lothian.