Job opportunities on rise, say recruitment agencies
Employment opportunities are increasing and should continue to do so throughout 2010, two recruitment firm surveys released yesterday indicate.
Research carried out by the Premier Group indicated that the number of employment opportunities for professionals in the Irish jobs market rose by more than a third compared with this time last year.
Its Irish Employment Monitor tracks the numbers of candidates and job vacancies registering with its network of offices on a month-by-month basis and the June 2010 data shows the group had 5,669 vacancies last month, compared with 4,117 positions in June 2009, an increase of 38pc.
However, the number of candidates in the jobs market also increased, with 12,480 registered in June 2010 compared with 8,070 in June last year, an increase of 55pc, with an additional 1,945 jobseekers registering in the period between May and June alone.
Brian Murphy, the Premier Group's Irish CEO, pointed out that the volume of professional jobs grew by 31pc in the first six months of 2010 compared with the second half of last year and he expected this trend would continue into the third quarter of this year.
"The IT sector has shown particularly strong growth for the second consecutive month," Mr Murphy said.
In its survey of the Irish retail sector, Dale Powell, of the recruitment firm Teamworx, said that two-thirds of respondents had hired new staff over the past three months and more than 70pc expected to do so over the next three months.
This positive employment outlook is based on a number of existing stores having expansion plans while a number of new outlets are planning to open during the second half of the year, the firm said.