Ireland has been ranked as the fifth most attractive labour market in Europe, according to a new report by jobs site Indeed.
The report, which evaluated job searches across 21 countries, revealed that interest in moving countries for a new position has returned following two years of the pandemic.
Ireland is now one of five markets in the study that is experiencing a “brain gain”, recording more incoming interest rather than outgoing, Indeed reported.
The top country of origin for overseas jobseekers looking to move to Ireland was the United Kingdom, which accounted for over a quarter of the searches. This was followed by the United States, Spain, India and France.
During lockdowns, cross-border job searches in Europe plummeted by 32pc but has now risen to 10pc of pre-pandemic levels. In Ireland, that has returned to 16pc below pre-pandemic level.
Demand for qualified workers to fill highly skilled positions has driven the increased volume of searches. 80pc of Irish businesses now plan to recruit workers from overseas this year.
Indeed also noted that the sectors most likely to attract overseas workers include software development, IT, management and accounting.
“This survey shows that Ireland is an attractive destination for internationally mobile, highly skilled people, whose experience is in high demand, particularly in the technology sector,” said Jack Kennedy, economist at Indeed.
“Many businesses are already taking steps to hire foreign workers, such as posting jobs abroad, hiring recruiters with foreign language skills, and writing job descriptions in multiple languages.”
The rise in the number of cross-border job searches was also impacted by the ongoing Ukraine conflict. Indeed reported that 46pc of Irish employers surveyed said they made special arrangements to support Ukraine refugees, while 30pc sought to fast-track Ukrainian refugee job applications.
However, despite the demand, employers said they required further support from the government, with 35pc requesting the speeding up of the visa or permit process. A third said the government needs to reduce immigration requirements for workers, while 34pc called for a reduction in the cost of securing visas for overseas workers.
In May, the number of people employed in Ireland passed 2.5 million and exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to the Central Statistics Office.