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Ireland — 79% of job seekers turn to recruitment agencies

24 September 2009

A recent survey carried out among 1,300 active job seekers in Ireland reveals that more traditional forms of recruitment have returned to prominence in these challenging economic times.

The survey has found that recruitment companies are the first point of contact for 79% of job seekers in Ireland. 70% are now looking to newspaper advertising as reliable sources for vacancies.

67% use online job boards. Only 48% of jobseekers turn to job centres. 15% of Irish job seekers use social networking sites like Linkdin (10%), Facebook (3.6%) and Twitter (1.4%).

Of all those surveyed, 49% of respondents are professionals. 21% are skilled workers, 19% are graduates and 11% are students.

Cathy McCorry, Grafton Managing Director in the Republic of Ireland says, "It is interesting to note how candidates have changed their job seeking patterns since the beginning of the year. The traditional means of recruiting, especially newspaper advertising, has increased in popularity this year and is once again seen as one of the most reliable sources of job vacancies."
"While online job sites are still relatively popular as a means of searching for a job, it would seem that there has been a significant shift back to more tangible methods of applying for jobs."



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