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Ireland – Professional job market sees “uplift”

12 November 2012

The number of new professional job opportunities in Ireland rose by +4% last month when compared to a year ago, the latest Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor shows today. However, job vacancies were down -2% from September.

Overall employer sentiment remained positive  in the month with the majority of recruitment activities coming from multinationals across niche disciplines such as software development, multilingual professionals across accountancy, sales and customer service, qualified financial advisors and those with restructuring and debt recovery experience.

At the same time hiring among Ireland-based SME firms remained low.

“It is encouraging to see an uplift in professional job vacancies available compared to October 2011, particularly against the backdrop of the harsh economic climate and the impending austerity budget. The monthly decline of 2% in job availability is an expected fall off from September’s figures,” said Karen O’Flaherty, from Morgan McKinley.

In October, new job opportunities increased to nearly 8,700. The research shows the number of new professional jobseekers entering the market was up slightly by +1% to around 10,300. “We expect to see little deviation in these figures until the New Year,” said Ms O’Flaherty.

Ireland has seen a number of large-scale business networking events, which, combined with more foreign direct investment, is likely to encourage hiring intentions in the new year.  

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