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New job opportunities for professionals in Ireland increased by +4% to 9,730 in January when compared to a year ago, according to the latest Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor. But the number of professionals entering the job market fell by an annual -13%.
Uncertain market conditions are going to lead to a rise in contract and fixed-term job opportunities within the Irish professional hiring market, according to Karen O’Flaherty from Morgan McKinley.
“This is a trend that has continued over the last 24 months and one which is unlikely to change as employers commit to less permanent hiring and professionals become more open and flexible/considerate to the changing dynamic and uncertain business environment that organisations face,” she said.
“Overall recruitment activity in 2013 has started on a positive note and we hope that with the improved economic sentiment, this will continue throughout the year.” The rise in vacancies was “positive” but seasonally expected as January typically brings about new recruitment plans and budgets for the year ahead.
“Encouragingly economic indicators are married with a return by some sectors to pre-recession growth divisions within their businesses including human resources, research and development as well as sales and marketing,” said Ms O’Flaherty.
“These specific vacancy types are significant as they demonstrate a return by employers to invest in areas of growth.” Another niche hiring area likely to increase this year includes professional opportunities in risk, compliance and regulation. Last month senior risk advisory professionals within financial services were in high demand.