Wednesday 26 July 2017

Numbers employed in the hospitality sector up almost a quarter year on year

The demand for chefs, hotel workers and restaurant staff is up 22pc year on year (Stock picture)
The demand for chefs, hotel workers and restaurant staff is up 22pc year on year (Stock picture)

Ellie Donnelly

The demand for chefs, hotel workers and restaurant staff is up 22pc year on year, with experienced chefs especially in demand, according to the latest IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index.

The news comes at a time when the sector’s 9pc tourism VAT rate, which was introduced during the economic crisis, is currently under review by the Department of Finance.

Any decision to revise the rate upwards could have a cooling effect on recruitment in this area, the recruitment website has warned.

"What’s notable is the year on year increase of 22pc in jobs [in the hotel and catering industry] which reflects robust growth in the sector," Orla Moran, general manager at IrishJobs.Ie, said.

The construction industry continues to bounce back, with jobs in the sector increasing 21pc year on year.

Quantity surveyor and civil engineers are particularly in demand.

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With the commercial and residential property markets continuing to perform robustly, the roles across construction, architecture and property are expected to grow in the medium term.

Interestingly, the research found that signs of any post-Brexit banking job boom are yet to emerge, with jobs in the sector showing growth of just 2pc year on year.

Overall jobs are up just 1pc year on year, surprising given Ireland’s reported economic growth rate.

However, any hesitancy by employers to implement recruitment plans has not trickled to employees who are buoyant about the job market, with 77pc saying they are confident they could find a new job in less than 6 months.

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As regards job vacancy gains by location, the year on year figures are positive for all counties with the exception of Longford where vacancies are down 19pc and Kerry, where vacancies are down 7pc.

The highest year-on-year increase in vacancies was recorded by Wicklow, with vacancies up 36pc.

Other counties recording strong year-on-year growth in vacancies include Kildare and Offaly, both recording vacancies up 30pc, Carlow which had a 28pc increase in the number of job vacancies advertised, and Meath and Westmeath, both of which recorded growth in vacancies of 25pc.

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