DEMAND for auditing specialists helped boost the number of available jobs last month compared with November 2011, new figures reveal.
The latest Morgan McKinley Irish Employment monitor recorded a year-on-year increase of 11pc in the number of new professional jobs available.
The hike was attributed to an increase in demand for recruits in audit services, restructuring, procurement, science roles and laboratory analysts. A total of 8,187 new jobs were available compared with 7,345 in November of last year.
But in contrast, there was a 10pc fall in the number of people looking for jobs, dropping to 9,750 from 10,885. Karen O'Flaherty, chief operations officer with Morgan McKinley, said the continued demand for professionals with IT development and language skills remains.
But she warned those positions could end up costing businesses more as opportunities for them increase.
"Anecdotal evidence suggests that the cost of retaining these niche-skilled professionals is set to increase," she said.
"As inward investment continues to generate opportunities, companies are recognising the need to ensure that their employer proposition is attractive and correctly aligned to the specific talent they are trying to acquire."
Despite the positive figures, there was a fall-off of 6pc between October and November in the number of available jobs. This was blamed on the fact that companies may be less inclined to hire as the year draws to a close and that some companies prefer to wait until after the Budget.