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s1jobs’ Industry Update

In the ever-changing world that is recruitment, it’s becoming increasingly important to keep up to date on the latest trends and insights, allowing you to move with the times and adapt where necessary. However, in business, we don’t always have the time, with information often being hosted across a multitude of places: blogs, news articles and reports.

As Scotland’s no.1 job site, we understand recruitment. And, having worked closely with our clients for the past 16 years, can provide useful insight and analysis.  Meaning you can focus on business, whilst we bring you information in an easy to digest way – keeping you up to date with all things recruitment across Scotland.

Top Recruitment Agencies on s1jobs.com

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Search Consultancy is the most followed recruitment agency on s1jobs. Search has grown to become one of the UK’s leading recruitment consultancies, with offices in 13 locations throughout the country. Search place people at all levels across a wide range of commercial and industry sectors.

Reed also appear frequently within the Top Recruitment Agencies followed on s1jobs, by dividing their specialist divisions into separate company profiles they target specific individuals across multiple sectors.

Did you know?

You can increase your following on s1jobs, by improving the content within your company profile. Increased engagement will lead to more applications and by sharing your profile across your own platforms such as social media or mentioning that you can follow your business on s1jobs within your own communications will improve your employer brand.

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Top Organisations on s1jobs.com

When it comes to the most sought-after organisations to work for, it’s the big brands that shine above the rest. When jobseekers follow an organisation on s1jobs, they are alerted to vacancies as soon as they are advertised.

The banking sector is leaps and bounds ahead of any other sector when it comes to followings, with Santander leading the way, followed closely by HSBC, Lloyds and Barclays. Some of our most well-known Scottish employer brands have also made it into the top 10, with Arnold Clark and The University of Edinburgh following suit. It’s no surprise that Aldi, who have been rated by The Times as the top 100 Graduate Employers two years running also appear on top.

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Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland


The Scottish National Average Employment Level is 72.9%, however, in The Shetland Islands you can find the highest levels of employment in Scotland at 86.6%. It also has the highest rate of workers with a second job, 12.9%, soaring above the national average of 3.5%.

North Lanarkshire has the highest rate of the working population in full time employment at 78.7% and has 96.7% in permanent employment.

When it comes to self-employment, it’s booming in the Scottish Borders with 20.2% of the working population self-employed, compared with an average of only 12.7% across Scotland.


Top Five Industries in Scotland

With over 5,000 Scottish jobs listed on s1jobs, let’s look at where the biggest job opportunities are in terms of industries.


Scotland is famous for the development of many major industries from Financial Services and Banking to Engineering and Manufacturing. Therefore, it’s encouraging that Engineering and Manufacturing continue to provide vast opportunities to jobseekers in Scotland.

Due to the constant advancement in technology the IT industry is continuously evolving. With younger generations becoming increasingly digitally aware and technically capable – it’s no surprise that so many organisations are searching for tech-savvy individuals to keep their business ahead of the competition.

With many major construction and infrastructure projects already lined up for decades to come, the Construction industry is booming, with almost 20,000 vacancies advertised on s1jobs within a three-month period. Work on giving Glasgow Queen Street Station the facelift that it needs, and deserves, is well underway and before it’s over there will be upgrades to the tunnel and platforms and a brand-new glass entrance hall overlooking George Square.

Elsewhere in Scotland, there’s an entire new district planned for Berth Park in the north of Perth, with work on the creation of more than 1,000 new energy-efficient homes, a secondary school and a primary school set to begin next spring. Aberdeen City Council, meanwhile, has set itself the target of delivering more than 1,000 affordable new homes this summer.

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Bottom Five Industries in Scotland


Towards the end of 2016, figures on Police Scotland officers gained significant media coverage, with the number of police officers in Scotland falling to its lowest level since 2010. At the beginning of 2017 it was reported again that Police Scotland officer numbers are set to be cut again by 400^.

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In 2016, Visit Scotland calculated a total of 156.26 million visits including all international, domestic and tourism days out combined, so is no wonder that Accommodation & Food Services scores so highly.

With the Health sector strongly leading the way substantially against other sectors, this shows the reliance Scotland has on those within the healthcare sector. The number of Retail employees provides positive encouragement for Scotland’s economy. With Construction being one of the top Scottish industries, this is reflected in the number of employees required to fulfil such momentous projects.

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