Monday 24 October 2016

Half of Irish people have no faith in parties’ job creation strategies

Published 25/02/2016 | 08:10

The final leaders’ debate on RTE’s ‘Prime Time’
The final leaders’ debate on RTE’s ‘Prime Time’

Half of all Irish people don’t believe any political party has a strong job creation policy.

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In the build up to the last election, job creation policies were at the forefront of most party manifestos.

This time however they’ve taken a back seat and according to new research conducted by, 36pc of people believe that a new government will have no impact on job creation.

In the recruitment site’s latest Jobseeker Sentiment Survey, it quizzed 2,669 people to highlight emerging trends in the jobs market.

The shift in focus by political parties may be influenced by jobseekers’ newfound confidence.

Around 55pc of those surveyed are confident they will find a job, while 31pc are confident they will find one within three months.

General manager at, Orla Moran, said the research has generated interesting views in relation to job creation ahead of this week’s election.

“While people’s levels of confidence in the ability of our political system to create employment varies, what cannot be refuted is the sustained growth we are seeing in the Irish economy which is very much evident in the continued increases in jobs advertised online,” Ms Moran said.

Just under a third of people surveyed said the Government should focus on job creation in the medical and health sectors.

The recruitment site also found differing views between those employed and unemployed on the health of the recruitment market.

Over 60pc of those employed feel that the jobs market is improving compared to just 31pc of those unemployed.

Emigration has become less of an option for those unemployed as 60pc said they will not emigrate this year. published the sentiment survey alongside its quarterly jobs index, which shows an overall increase of 19pc in the number of jobs created last year.

When compared to 2014, job creation in the healthcare sector spiked 61pc in 2015, while pharma and science jobs jumped 53pc.

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