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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Professional vacancies hit a two-year high

Anne-Marie Walsh

THE number of new jobs for professionals has hit its highest level in two years, according to a new report.

It reveals that the number of job vacancies for skilled workers jumped to 7,250 last month, the highest number since October 2008. This represented a rise of 39pc in vacancies from 5,227 the previous month.

Among the jobs on offer was a position for a general ledger accountant with languages, on the outskirts of Dublin, with a salary of up to €52,000.

Other employers sought a commercial accountant, with a salary of up to €76,000 on offer.

However, there was a major 48pc drop in the number of professionals looking for work compared with the same month last year.

The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor found professionals who had jobs were more interested in holding on to them than applying for other positions.

Despite the record rise in unemployment, recruitment consultancy Premier Group Ireland, which conducted the survey, said it was still almost impossible to fill some positions. Chief operations officer, Karen O'Flaherty, said there was huge demand for professionals with experience in IT development, research and development, as well as multilingual professionals and commercial accountants.

Irish Independent

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