Sunday 15 December 2019

Job advertisements jump by more than a quarter

Peter Flanagan

THE number of jobs advertised in Ireland rose by more than a quarter between August and September, new figures show.

The latest Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor -- run by a division of the Premier Group -- shows that vacancies for professionals rose by 26pc month on month.

During that time, there were 6,674 positions advertised, compared to 5,300 the previous month. During the same period last year 4,764 jobs were available, meaning there was an increase of 40pc.

Despite this rise, on a quarterly basis, vacancies were almost flat, climbing 1pc between the second and third quarters of this year. The third quarter is traditionally the slowest quarter of the year, however.

Premier Group chief executive Brian Murphy warned that while it was positive to see the figures up, the numbers had to be seen in the context of where the country was compared to the boom years.

"September 2010 saw the highest volume of new professional job vacancies since October 2008 and, while this is positive, we are still well off the levels consistently attained at the height of the boom cycle in 2007," he said.

"While we saw an increase in recruitment activity across all of our specialist areas in September, we found the IT sector to be particularly active. There was a sizable improvement in the development space, with technical requirements becoming more critical. We also saw a lot of IT activity in the application support and testing areas," he added.

"September is typically one of the busiest months for jobseekers. It is good to see the trend continuing this year.

"Despite the lingering uncertainty in the economy, confidence among professionals appears to be growing," he concluded.

Irish Independent

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