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Ireland — Positive signs for the recruitment sector as Irish economy recovers

07 May 2010

The quarterly Online Jobs Index* for Q1 2010, published by job board IrishJobs.ie, reveals a healthy increase of +9% in jobs advertised online in Ireland as compared to Q4 2009. Out of the 28 job sectors monitored, 18 reflected a positive change since Q4 2009, a signal that the Irish economy continues its recovery across the majority of sectors.

The IrishJobs.ie index measures jobs advertised by companies across the five leading online recruitment sites in Ireland. It provides an analysis of the Irish job market broken down by sector for both employers and job seekers.

The top five growth sectors from Q4 to Q1 were Medical Professionals & Healthcare (+42%); Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (+26%), Accountancy & Finance (+23%), Customer Service, Call Centre & Languages (+19%) and IT (+13%).

Conversely the sectors that have been performing poorly since Q4 are Retailing, Wholesaling & Purchasing (-11%), Public Sector (-10%) and Hotel & Catering (-3%).

Jane Lorigan, Managing Director, saongroup.com (parent company of IrishJobs.ie) commented "on the anniversary of the jobs index it is heartening to see continued improvements in the number of jobs vacancies advertised. As the leader in the Irish online recruitment market, it is important we monitor the performance within the Irish economy to inform both employers and jobseekers."

"The IrishJobs.ie job index, which has now been in existence since April 2009, shows the number of jobs advertised online has increased 8% year on year. Compared to where the job market stood in 2009, findings from the index show that the market is signalling improvements across most sectors which provides hope to both job hunters and companies alike."

The best performing sectors year on year were Medical Professionals & Healthcare (+49%), Accountancy & Finance (+38%), Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (+33%), Customer Service, Call Centres & Languages (+30%), and IT (+26%). This is in contrast to Science, Pharmaceutical & Food (-31%), Education, Childcare & Training (-29%), and Hotel & Catering (-28%), which have continued to perform poorly year on year.

* The quarterly Online Jobs Index monitors live and current jobs advertised on job boards IrishJobs.ie, Jobs.ie, Monster.ie, RecruitIreland.com and Loadzajobs.ie. Data from April 2009 provides the benchmark for the Index.



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