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14 January 2010
Reports from two recruitment firms show that the Irish hiring market ended 2009 on a positive note, RTE reports.
Premier Group said it saw the first year on year monthly increase in the professional jobs market for the first time since February 2008 with a rise of 23%.
It said the professional jobs market saw the second increase in new jobs for the second month in a row in December, with a rise of 3% from 4,432 in November to 4,587 in December.
"The December figures provide further hope that the bottom of the market has been reached and we can look forward to the new decade with significantly more confidence than that with which we entered 2009," commented Brian Murphy, managing director of Premier Group in Ireland.
Meanwhile, recruitment group Sigmar says that the last quarter of 2009 saw a 29% increase in recruitment growth compared to the third quarter of the year. Sigmar says this was the first quarterly growth in the past 18 months.
It added that job placements in December usually dip by 15-20%, but last month held up well giving good momentum into 2010.
"This growth is likely to be a result of readjustments in companies who cut back earlier in the year, adopting a cautious approach, who now find skills gaps in their business," commented Robert Mac Giolla Phadraig, Director of Sigmar.
He said he expects further stabilisation in the first half of 2010 with stable growth in demand for permanent employment in the second half of the year.