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Ireland – Hiring market shows confidence

14 January 2013

Professional job opportunities in Ireland rose an annual +6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 with December showing an increase of +2% in new jobs, the latest Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor showed today.

The survey found a +7% increase in the number of professionals entering the job market last month when compared to a year ago.

Karen O’Flaherty from Morgan McKinley said that December saw a ramp up in hiring processes as managers focused on confirming agreed recruits before the New Year.

“The modest increase in job availability compared to December last year is encouraging and compared to Q4 11, there have been a greater number of jobs available throughout Q4 12 – also a positive future indicator.”

The rise in in job opportunities is driven by multinational companies, shared services centres and those operating within the ICT sector. “Indigenous businesses and SMEs continue to be challenged in the current market and therefore hiring has remained hampered for many of these companies in 2012,” said Ms O’Flaherty.

But market sentiment is currently positive as the services sector is performing well and helps to foster increased confidence in the hiring market for 2013. 

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