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Thursday 23 November 2017

Vacancies soar 10pc in sign of recovery

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

THINGS are looking up for highly-skilled job seekers, as vacancies have soared by 10pc since last year.

There are signs of green shoots in the beleaguered jobs market for professionals, including customer service staff, accountants, and software developers.

A major employment monitor recorded an increase from 8,125 jobs in March last year, to 9,142 jobs last month.

Jobseekers will enjoy a further boost as competition for work is on the wane, according to the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor.

There has been a drop of 26pc in the number of professional jobseekers compared with the same time last year, from 9,500 to 6,985.

Chief operations officer at recruitment agency Morgan McKinley, Karen O'Flaherty, said the first three months of this year have been positive in terms of hiring.

She said the agency is experiencing healthy demand across key sectors.

Junior customer service staff in insurance and banks as well as qualified accountants are in demand, she said.

Irish Independent

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