RECRUITMENT firm Morgan McKinley says the number of professional jobs available here was up 14pc between January and March, compared with the final three months of 2012.
There were 27,032 vacancies for professional jobs in the first three months of the year, compared with 23,733 in the final three months of 2012.
However, the rate of vacancies is actually unchanged in 2013, compared with the same period a year ago. The number of people actively seeking professional posts did fall significantly, by 22pc year on year.
Chief Operating Officer Karen O'Flaherty said the 14pc increase suggests that the hiring market is gradually improving but that it is likely that any rise in job numbers will be modest and hiring forecasts are still likely to be relatively short-term.
"The improved Irish market sentiment and renewed confidence by employers and job professionals at the start of the year has been dampened slightly by the ongoing European economic issues," she said.
"Hiring for internal recruitment professionals has risen in recent months, a positive indicator that companies are concentrating on building their in-house teams to ramp up their overall hiring activities.
"Also, demand for marketing and social media professionals remains . . . high," she added.