Thursday 23 November 2017

Professionals enjoy 18pc jump in job opportunities

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

THERE was a jump in the number of jobs available in Ireland for professionals last month, but the number seeking new roles fell, according to a new survey.

The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor published this morning reports an 18pc increase in professional job opportunities during October compared to September. But it also notes that the number of professionals seeking jobs fell 3pc last month from September and was 9pc lower last month than it was a year ago.

Karen O'Flaherty, the chief operations officer at Morgan McKinley, said the month-on-month increase in job availability is the largest recorded since January this year.

"Although September was slower than expected in terms of recruitment activity, the 18pc month-on-month increase in job vacancies for October is evidence that the market ramped up towards the end of September and into October," she said.

She said there was clear evidence in the employment sector that the economy was recovering. Ms O'Flaherty said that sectors including construction, retail and property were all now rehiring, while indigenous SMEs were also on the lookout for extra staff.

There's also evidence of increased investment by many companies sourcing senior individuals and teams, she added.

"New job skills and titles, particularly at the senior and director level are evidenced in areas such as project change, transformation and sustainability," said Ms O'Flaherty.

Irish Independent

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