THE number of new professional jobs in the market fell last month.
The latest Irish Employment Monitor from Morgan McKinley shows a 4pc fall-off in the number of new positions last month compared with August.
And compared with the same time last year, the number of job vacancies is down 8pc.
Karen O'Flaherty, Morgan McKinley chief operating officer, said September was a flat month compared with August.
"The latter half of the month showed a significant upswing in jobs available and we would expect to see this trend continue into October," Ms O'Flaherty said.
Key findings include:
* There was a 12pc decrease from the second quarter to the third quarter of the year.
* There has been a 3pc increase in the year to date.
* Compared to the same time last year, this is a decrease of 5pc in the number of professional job seekers in the Irish market.
* There was a 17pc increase in the number of professionals in the market when compared with August.
Ms O'Flaherty said it was usual to record increased activity in terms of job seekers after the summer months.
"Interestingly, we are seeing a trend of Irish nationals returning from abroad.
"Driving this return of experienced professionals are job seekers who moved away at the beginning of the recession and now have young families, making the desire to return home more acute," she said.